Split International Festival of New Film: The Stefano Shipwreck Forum

National Academy of Screen and Sound Research Centre, Murdoch University

in association with

Split International Festival of New Film  and

Barque Stefano Yinikurtira Foundation



The Stefano Shipwreck 1875-2015

14 & 15 September 2015

Split Ethnographic Museum

The world today seems to be awash with drifting human cargo, of refugees wrecked, floating, swimming – sinking. For those of us watching it all from the safety of the shore it is difficult to discern if there is a need to mount a rescue mission or stop an invasion. The problem is likely to get worse. What should be done?There are many seemingly miraculous coincidences in the Stefano shipwreck story – enough to affirm again the well-worn saying that “the truth is stranger than fiction”. Rummaging through the meaning of the mariners’ journey it is indeed tempting to conclude that the Stefano shipwreck story may well be the story for our time.Rathe’s first-person and account of his grandfather’s ordeal was well received by international readers. It can now be read in seven languages and many reprints. The book was warmly received by descendants of Yinikurtira Aboriginal people, who are most keen to have the fact of this story widely known. Many of us consider that the story is destined to become a classic tale. Curiously it is difficult to read it in the language that gave rise to it.

The Stefano Shipwreck website can be found at:

IM Issue 3, 2007

The translated manuscript can be found at:
http://wwwmcc.murdoch.edu.au/nass/issue3/pdf/Stefano_2.1_The_Manuscript.pdfJosko Petkovic


Josko Petkovic
Ivanka Sokol
Stipe Bozic


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