Ten Canoes

A laugh-out-loud funny new film by the director of Bad Boy Bubby and Alexandra's Project

Ten Canoes
It is rare that film can transport its audience to a strange, unfamiliar, yet entrancing world. Ten Canoes, an Australian movie that tells an ancient Yolngu tale, presents such an extraordinary experience. With an all Yolngu cast, and based on Yolngu myths and stories, as well as a irreplaceable series of old photographs, Ten Canoes recreates the traditional life of the tribe, its stories and its teachings. And it does all this while entertaining and educating the audience.

The Yolngu, an Australian Indigenous tribe from Australia's Northern Territory near Darwin, have a long tradition of mythological storytelling as a means of teaching each generation the tenets and laws of the tribe. Through its narrator, the film introduces such a myth, but it does so through the device of an inner story that is a thousand years old. The narrator, David Gulpilil (The Last Wave, Crocodile Dundee, Rabbit Proof Fence,) sets the stage at the beginning of the film.

The ancient myth, which is the heart of the movie, is beautifully filmed on location in color. It is a cautionary tale about the evil that can befall men when they let their passion and anger rule, rather then "they live proper way."

Ten Canoes is an appealing film with universal themes that presents a unique glimpse at a world that would be lost but for the efforts of filmmaker Rolf De Heer and the exceptional Yolngu actors...for whom this movie is clearly a labor of love. (E.S. Mendel,

Ten Canoes

Fri & Sat September 21 & 22, 2007, 7:00 & 9:00, Muenzinger Auditorium

Australia, 2006, Aboriginal/English, B&W/Color, 90 min, Unrated, 35mm (2.35:1) • official site



10 films for $60 with punch card
$9 general admission. $7 w/UCB student ID, $7 for senior citizens
$1 discount to anyone with a bike helmet
Free on your birthday! CU Cinema Studies students get in free.


Pay lot 360 (now only $1/hour!), across from the buffalo statue and next to the Duane Physics tower, is closest to Muenzinger. Free parking can be found after 5pm at the meters along Colorado Ave east of Folsom stadium and along University Ave west of Macky.


Park elsewhere and catch the HOP to campus

International Film Series

(Originally called The University Film Commission)
Established 1941 by James Sandoe.

First Person Cinema

(Originally called The Experimental Cinema Group)
Established 1955 by Carla Selby, Gladney Oakley, Bruce Conner and Stan Brakhage.

C.U. Film Program

(AKA The Rocky Mountain Film Center)
First offered degrees in filmmaking and critical studies in 1989 under the guidance of Virgil Grillo.

Celebrating Stan

Created by Suranjan Ganguly in 2003.

C.U. Department of Cinema Studies & Moving Image Arts

Established 2017 by Chair Ernesto Acevedo-Muñoz.

Thank you, sponsors!
Boulder International Film Festival
Department of Cinema Studies & Moving Image Arts

Looking for a gift for a friend?
Buy a Frequent Patron Punch Card for $60 at any IFS show. With the punch card you can see ten films (a value of $90).

Cox & Kjølseth
: Filmmaker Alex Cox & Pablo Kjølseth discuss film topics from their own unique perspectives.

: Pablo and Ana share Zoom-based briefs on what's currently playing at IFS

Search IFS schedules

Index of visiting artists

Wed Sep 27, 2023

Thank You for Smoking

At Muenzinger Auditorium

Sat Oct 28, 2023


At Muenzinger Auditorium

more on 35mm...