The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith

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Released 1978

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The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith

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Director:
Fred Schepisi
Released:
1978
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The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith is a 1978 Australian drama directed by Fred Schipisi, and based on the Booker Prize-nominated novel by Thomas Keneally. Inspired by actual events, the movie surrounds a disillusioned half-white, half-Aborigine man, Jimmie Blacksmith (Tommy Lewis) who seeks acceptance within the white society of colonial Australia. An outcast within the Aboriginal community, Jimmie goes to the city in the hopes of finding his place in the world. He soon finds that integration into white society is even more difficult than expected. Faced with shocking allegations of racism and improprieties, Jimmie is forced to come to terms with some harsh truths about himself and those around him. The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith helps viewers understand the history of mistreatment and racism suffered by the indigenous people of Australia. A commercial and critical hit in Australia, the film was nominated for the Golden Palm Award at the 1978 Cannes Film Festival.
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