RINGTONE (2014)


2014. Australia. Short Documentary. 30 mins.
Directors: Jennifer Deger & Paul Gurrumuruwuy Wunungmurra
Producers: Warren Balpatji, Jennifer Deger & Enid Gurugulmi
Co Producers: Enid Gurrungulmiwuy, Warren Balpatji Gurruwiwi
Editors: Jennifer Deger & Elliott Magen
Trailer Editor: Elliott Magen
DOP: Oliver Lanzenberg
Duration: 30 mins
Production Company: Miyarrka Media

From ancestral clan songs, to 80s hip hop artists and local gospel tunes, ringtones are the digital linkages that bond individuals into a world of deep and enduring connection. In a world where keeping mobile phones close to the body is as similar to wearing clothing, phones have become an important and ubiquitous aspect of our everyday lives. Connections, intrusions, and demands brought by mobile phones uncover a whole range of new threats, from sorcerers to tele-scammers, in a remote aboriginal community in Northern Australia. A beautiful, funny, and surprisingly moving film, Ringtone offers glimpses into the lives of Yolngu Aboriginal families through their choice of ringtones. 

Screenings

Ringtone has been screened at several international film festivals throughout 2014.
*** Screened at Virginia Film Festival 2014 ***
*** Screened at Smithsonian Museum of Natural History, Washington DC, USA ***