‘Ape Ammage Gama‘ (My Mother’s Village) is a personal response to three ethnographic films my mother, Sharon Bell, and father, Geoff Burton, produced on the island in 1978. ’33’ places video footage from the 1978 films directly alongside my footage from 2011. The comparison and dialogue between the two generations reveals fascinating cultural, social, and material transgressions over the last three decades. Through the characters’ lives, the theme of ‘becoming’ becomes a complex paradigm concerning heredity, geography, time, and spirituality.

Aaron Burton is a documentary filmmaker, photographer and an emerging visual artist. Over the last few years Aaron has been specializing in combining digital photographs and video into personal documentary narratives. His work intends to traverse the boundaries of documentary, visual anthropology, and video art. In 2008 Aaron graduated with a first class honors degree in documentary photography from Queensland College of Art, Griffith University, Australia. But it was under the tutelage of his father, renowned Australian cinematographer and director Geoff Burton, that Aaron developed in the craft of filmmaking. He is currently undertaking a PhD at the College of Fine Art, University of New South Wales, Sydney.