Made in 2009 by Warwick Thornton, Samson and Delilah is actually a film that has won the hearts of not only the Australian People, but also from other parts of the world as well. The film narrates the story regarding the hopelessness, bravery, struggles, and the optimism of two indigenous youths, one a sniffer, while the other one is not. The film, through the story, effectively extends challenges and even inverts the notions of waste and more specifically wasted memory, wasted youths, wasted opportunities, wasted history, wasted voices, and getting wasted (Gearing, 2010, p.3). Both the narrative as well as the film raises questions regarding an inescapable fact about the experience with catastrophe that occurred during the last century and which can only be well articulated out of its remains. It can thus genuinely be asserted that Samson and Delilah is actually not only a confronting, but also a deeply human story and film regarding two teenagers that come from a remote and primitive Aboriginal settlement based in Central Australia. Despite the fact that the film (Samson and Delilah) is billed as being a love story, the full length and dramatic film by Thornton touches on various social issues such as homelessness, substance abuse, and poverty in most of the Aboriginal communities. The purpose of this research paper is therefore to discuss how the film (Samson and Delilah) explores the three major themes of history, race, and the effects or impacts of colonialism.
Samson and Delilah has significantly contributed towards the dialogical and cultural representation through the application of the idea of inter-subjectivity as applied and presented by Marcia Langton. Among the cast in the film is Delilah, whose actual names are Marissa Gibson who is a 14 year old shy, but headstrong girl responsible for taking care of her grandmother who is elderly. It also casts Samson, whose real names are Rowan McNamara who is also a 14year old male, but a petrol sniffer. Samson is a young teenager of Aboriginal culture who is addicted to the use of petrol as a means of intoxication. According to the common imagination among the Australian Culture, petrol sniffers are usually regarded as objects of repulsion or pity which is seen as a significant Aboriginal problem that faced by some people in the Northern Territory.
According to Thornton (Davis, 2009, p. 6), petrol sniffers are regarded as the untouchables and thus the young aboriginal individuals and addicts are usually socially marginalized not only within their own aboriginal communities, but also within the broader Australian society. It can truly be asserted that the film draws on the cinema language and other modes of Aboriginal of non-verbal expression in order to develop a story that is mainly told through the use of sound, looks, and gesture. The success of the film in the development of the above named themes is undoubtedly found in the intimate storytelling mode that can be easily found in the film coupled with its truthfulness.
Based on the above information, it can genuinely be asserted that Samson and Delilah has effectively explored the themes of the impact of colonialism on the society, race, and even history. It is the responsibility of the audience and the general society to make effort and learn positive lessons from the film that will greatly enhance human life and respect for each other regardless of race.
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