The sizes of truth: how Ivan Sen’s Wind helps us understand a complex contemporary identity

Anita Donovan


Set in 1867, Ivan Sen’s short film Wind tells the story of a young Indigenous tracker named Jess who, in the process of hunting a wanted criminal with his sergeant, begins to trace the footsteps of a community and a heritage he has barely known. This story is set entirely in the mountains, with few references to the wider contexts of Jess and the sergeant, placing it almost completely apart from the plateaus of central ‘big’ truths (Read 2002, p. 54) that constitute the crux of Aboriginal Australian history. Jess’ story acts as a representation of one of the complex anomalies that were a part of early frontier life. It not only tells, but shows audiences that it’s just not that simple.   

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