In the film “Yolgnu boy” three friends Lorrpu, Botj and Milika are on a journey to discover themselves. Throughout the film several themes and issues arise which challenges the boys to explore their friendship, identity and culture.
Friendship is a strong theme that is present in the movie. The connections between the three boys are strong but are also challenged. In the beginning of the film Lorrpu, Botj and Milika manage to keep their friendship quite well, however as they get older their friendship doesn’t seem to be as strong as it used to be. Whenever the three didn’t agree with something it would result in an argument causing the boys to punch each other. This demonstrates that their strong bond is breaking down. For most of the film, Botj is loosing his purpose for living. His low self-esteem and confidence are non existent and lures him to his bad ways. Everyone around him gave up on him. For good times and bad times friends are always there for each other. This is shown through Lorrpu as he believes in Botj’s potential throughout the film. Lorrpu never abandons Botj and goes to extreme lengths such as “risking his chance of receiving ceremony to save him”. During their trip to Darwin Botj changes his approach and his overview of life. Botj becomes a better person as he finds connection with his culture again. Despite the hard times that the three experience, they still remain friends no matter what the conditions are.
Another theme that is explored in Yolngu boy is culture. Culture is as a body of knowledge that people have about a particular society, whether is be beliefs, values, customs or languages. Culture is precious to Lorrpu. Tribal culture is a significant custom that the aboriginal’s take part in. The boys are taught that the crocodile totem and spirit ancestor will watch over them and direct them throughout life. Lorrpu, Botj and Milika grew up with ancient stories, customs of hunting animals for food and ceremonies. Culture...