Hommage to David & Judith McDougall


Judith MacDougall
Australia 2001 | 55 Min. | DV Cam, OmeU

This film attempts to pro­vide a new way of explor­ing the com­plex social life sur­round­ing mate­r­i­al objects. DIYA fol­lows the life his­to­ry an object through the every­day expe­ri­ences of the people who make it, sell it, and use it. A »diya« is a small terra cotta oil lamp used through­out India in reli­gious cer­e­monies. The film begins with a family of pot­ters as they make »diyas« in the increas­ing­ly fran­tic days before Diwali, the »Fes­ti­val of Lights«. The lamps are pro­duced on a potter’s wheel, are taken to be sold in the bazaar, and are then used in the Diwali »puja« cer­e­monies. After­wards, they are dis­card­ed and returned to the earth. In a post­script, the film returns to the potter family with the unex­pect­ed news that their chil­dren will remain in school, ending seven gen­er­a­tions of their family’s life as potters.


David MacDougall
Australia 2000 | 140 Min. | DV Cam, OmeU
The Doon School, locat­ed in Dehra Dun in Uttar Pradesh, is India’s most famous board­ing school for boys and has some­times been called »the Eton of India«. It was estab­lished … read more


David MacDougall, Judith MacDougall
Austria 1979 | 70 Min. | 16 mm, OmeU
A por­trait of Lorang, the patri­arch of a large home­stead among the semi­no­madic Turkana of north-west­ern Kenya. At the time the film was made, most Turkana (includ­ing Lorang’s own son) … read more


David & Judith MacDougall
Australia 1980 | 90 Min. | 16 mm, OmeU
In March 1978, the Queens­land state gov­ern­ment in Aus­tralia announced its inten­tion to take over man­age­ment of the Aurukun Abo­rig­i­nal Reserve on Cape York Penin­su­la. The reserve had been admin­is­tered … read more