Born to an Afghanistan father and an aboriginal mother, Jila possesses great beauty. She is baptized one after another by the indigenous religion of the aborigines, Christianity that she learned at a house of a missionary, and Islam, the religion of her father. However, as a woman her dreams and freedom are suppressed under a silence (The only person that sympathizes with her is her childhood friend Johan who loves music. One night he plays a beautiful serenade for her). The film is set in 19th century Australia in a multicultural environment, showing the birth, growth, and marriage of a woman. At the same time this is a continuous process of her life and freedom being suppressed by religious promises made of ‘words.’ Jila’s life itself is tainted with men’s words and promises.
As the film sometimes moves away from prose and is filled with images, Jila eventually sets off - to the beautiful dunes that will release her body, to the music of the nature that will release her soul. (Park Hyun-Sun)
Mojgan KhademMojgan Khadem
Born in Iran, Mojan Khadem fled her homeland at the age of ten, due to civil unrest. After three years of religious exile in Spain, her family migrated to Australia in 1981. Between 1991 and 1996, Khadem travelled widely to the former Czechoslovakia and the islands of the South Pacific, directing a number of documentaries.