Dr. David J. Strohl

Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Colby College

Walkabout— The Effects of Climate Change in the Outback and Beyond

A discussion of the effects of climate change in the Outback and beyond. 

Maine Film Center / Railroad Square Cinema Waterville, ME

Film Synopsis

Two young siblings stranded in the Australian Outback meet an Australian boy on "walkabout": a ritual separation from his tribe.

Under the pretense of having a picnic, a geologist (John Meillon) takes his teenage daughter (Jenny Agutter) and six-year-old son (Lucien John) into the Australian outback and attempts to shoot them. When he fails, he turns the gun on himself, and the two city-bred children must contend with the harsh wilderness alone. They are saved by a chance encounter with an Aborigine boy (David Gulpilil) who is on a "walkabout," a ritual separation from his tribe. The boy shows them how to survive, and, in the process, underscores the disharmony between nature and modern life.

About the Speaker

Dr. David J. Strohl is an assistant professor of anthropology at Colby College.