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COWBOY AND MARIA IN TOWN

Australia, 1991 (MIFF 1991, Documentaries)

Director: Les McLaren, Annie Stiven

Cowboy is a reformed rascal - an urban bandit come clean. His self-styled rock 'n' roll act on street corners earns him just enough money to get by. With his Chuck Berry style and white suit he attracts a lot of attention.

Maria lives an equally precarious existence in one of the fifty squatter settlements that surround Moresby.

But these determined optimists are far from being Third World victims. They go about their daily lives with humour and imagination, rising to the enormous cultural changes that confront them, and fighting to hold onto their family values and secure their own future.

Due to this film's broadcast on the ABC it will not he screened at the festival but will be considered by the competition.

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