FILMMAKERS & GUEST SPEAKERS

 
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David Metcalf is the co-founder of the inaugural Bali International Indigenous Film Festival in 2018. This year David is proud to present the second Indigenous Film Festival with Ranu Welum Foundation. David collaborated with filmmaker Eric Est to produce the film Long Saan in 2016, a documentary drama about the Dayak Oma Lung tribe of North Kalimantan.  David is an international travel photographer and is a native New Zealander who has lived in Indonesia for 11 years. A passionate man, with a philanthropic sense of purpose, David has strong connections with indigenous cultures and their environments around the world, particularly Borneo in Indonesia.

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Nanang Sujana

Nanang is an award winning documentary filmmaker whose work has involved directing, filming and editing a variety of films such as environmental, indigenous peoples, social and human rights. His footage has been used in news features and for programming on National Geographic, The Guardian, HBO, PBS and other major broadcasters. Currently he actively engages with Indonesia Nature Film Society (INFIS) as a board and principal filmmaker.

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Emmanuela Shinta

With a reputation for leading and empowering young people, Emmanuela Shinta is a Dayak leader, activist, filmmaker and writer whose work is widely known in Asia Pacific. Her Youth Act Campaign was launched in WOMEN & CLIMATE white paper under UNICEF Global. She is the founder of Ranu Welum Foundation, ALIVE Global Ministry, and EL Creative Production.She is also the Editorial Chief of DANUM Magazine and author of books ENLIGHTENED (2016) and ME, MODERNISM AND MY INDIGENOUS ROOTS (2018).

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Nathan Pfaff

Nathan grew up in Papua New Guinea and then received a BA in Film Production at Taylor University. Nathan’s passion is to surround himself with different cultures and share powerful stories that allow people a new perspective to see the world differently. His dream is to unmask local heroes to be an encouragement to others. His short documentary, The Advocate, won an Emmy award in 2014. Film School Africa is Nathan’s first feature-length documentary.

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Marliansi Emy

Emy was born in the long house in Sintang, Kalimantan and belong to her ancestors Dayak De’sa tribe. After finishing her bachelor in 2015, Emy worked with Dayak council and youth in SIntang. in 2018 she started video series Petualangan Onet (Onet Adventure) in youtube channel as a creative storytelling which features an Orang Utan figure named Onet, to bring awareness about social, cultural and environmental issues in Kalimantan.

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Miliwanga Wurrben

is a traditional Rembarrgna woman from Central Arnhem Land who speaks eight languages and is a gifted spokeswoman on cultural awareness, traditional medicine, healing, and Aboriginal spirituality and philosophy. She has facilitated workshops with Amnesty International and Oxfam relating to the UN Declarations for the Rights of Indigenous Peoples of the World and is the Chairperson of Banatjarl Strongbala Wumin Group. A visual artist, weaver, healer, cultural advisor and qualified teacher with a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and Linguistics.

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Kynan Tegar

Kynan is a 14 year old Dayak Iban boy from Sungai Utik, West Kalimantan. Since finishing formal primary school and continuing his education via homeschooling, he has pursued his passion in photography, videography, nature, and learning the in-depth culture of the Iban people. Living in a local traditional Dayak Iban long house and learning about the culture directly from the adat (traditional) leader Apay Janggut, who defended the community fiercely from illegal logging, Kynan hopes to be able to share the culture and tradition of the indigenous people of West Kalimantan to help preserve both their culture and the nature that they live in.

 

Kamila Andini, an award-winning filmmaker, is fast developing a reputation as Indonesia’s finest filmmaker. She is only 32. Her recent award-winning film, Sekala Niskala, focuses on Bali and was a very popular choice at last year’s Ubud Writers Festival. It also won Best Film at Tokyo FILMeX and the Generation KPlus International Jury’s Grand Prix at the Berlin International Film Festival. Her first feature film, The Mirror Never Lies, took over two years of research, owing to a lack of documentary evidence on the Bajau people who are central to the film's narrative.

Cleary Vaughan Lee - is the executive director of The Global Oneness Project. Cleary (USA) will present on the opening night (May 10) and show the compelling film, Marie’s Dictionary, about preserving indigenous languages. Cleary launched the education arm of Global Oneness Project and has developed more than 50 lesson plans to accompany the project’s films, photo essays and articles. A regular contributor to Education Week, PBS, Share My Lesson, and TED-Ed, Cleary documents ways that digital storytelling can be used in the classroom, highlighting both teacher and student voices. She conducts workshops across the world and presents at regional, national and international conferences. She is the lead writer for the project's lesson plans and hosts educational seminars for teachers and students at conferences, schools, and universities. Some of the Global Oneness Project's films have been featured on PBS, The Atlantic, The New York Times, The New Yorker, and the Smithsonian.

BaoBao Chen is a producer from Taiwan and is a profiled public speaker, including TEDx Talk. Together with her partner Tim Cole from Australia, they will present two films including the feature film, Small Island Big Song, on the Opening Night of the festival, May 10, 2019.  The project has been a labour of love, requiring tremendous commitment over 3 years. They have helped to unite indigenous people throughout the Asia-Pacific region through music. Last year they took their live show through 4 continents and 12 countries, performing in front of more than 100,000 people. The musical journey featured 12 artists from across Pacific and Indian Ocean countries, including from New Zealand, Taiwan, Malaysia, Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea.

 

Tim Cole is a filmmaker and music producer from Australia who has been specializing in cross-cultural projects since producing “Not Drowning Wavings,” a landmark album and “Tabaran” in Papua New Guinea.  His film “Vanuatu Women’s Water Music,” was officially selected for six international film festivals, and was nominated for a UNESCO Cultural Award.  He has received a Churchill Fellowship and is a company member of Cirus Oz, having spent eight years touring internationally with them.  Tim Cole and BaoBao Chen will present the feature film, Small Island Big Song, on the Opening Night of the festival, May 10, 2019.  Last year they took their live show through 4 continents and 12 countries, performing in front of more than 100,000 people.

 

Craig Commanda is a young indigenous filmmaker from Canada who represents Wapikoni Mobile. Since 2004 Wapikoni’s short movies have received 170 awards and distinctions at film festivals around the world. They have travelled to 44 communities in Canada representing 14 nations. They have also travelled around the world, taking a message of hope and addressing First Nations and indigenous issues while developing their artistic, technical, and professional skills. Referred to as a youth centre on wheels, Wapikoni Mobile also functions as an outreach program for aboriginal communities, offering practical workshops tailored to their reality and culture.

 

Jani Bellefleur-Kaltush -   is a filmmaker and Innu artist from Nutashkuan. In 2009, she received the Best Short Film Award at the imagiNATIVE Festival in Toronto. She is the first Aboriginal woman to graduate from INIS of Montreal. In 2017, she participated in an exhibition collective at the Museum of Fine Arts entitled Kushapetshekan / Kosapitcikan and produced four short videos for the campaign.

 

Peter John Jaban is known by the pseudonym of “Papa Orang Utang.” He is a well-known activist and the voice of Radio Free Sarawak, a London-based shortwave radio station that broadcasts to local communities in the jungles of the Malaysian province of Sarawak, on the island of Borneo. He is a member of Sarawak’s Iban community.  Jaban already defied the authorities by turning his previous radio station into a forum for criticizing exploitation and expropriation of the native population by the associates of Sarawak’s billionaire chief minister Taib Mahmud. Radio Free Sarawak has to operate clandestinely in Sarawak, where the authorities regard it as “seditious,” jamming its broadcasts and hacking its website in an attempt to prevent it from spreading its “lies” and “poisoning the spirit of the people. He has been named by the NGO Reporters Without Borders as one of the world’s “100 Information Heroes” celebrated on World Press Freedom Day.

 

Sanne Van Oort is from the Netherlands and resides in Bali. She is the founder of Mother Jungle and the Woman’s Earth Alliance. Mother Jungle brings the stories from the jungle through the women.  Compelling short documentaries are made by young Indonesian Indigenous filmmakers about the wisdom of the indigenous women. The Woman’s Earth Alliance is a women’s action organization which aims to empower women on a global scale through a program called Woman’s Earth Alliance Grassroots Accelerator. The action-oriented programs support female Indonesian leaders who fiercely protect their land, water, food, air, forests, sacred sites and indigenous way of life for future generations. Sanne will present two powerful short documentaries by young Indonesian indigenous filmmakers about the wisdom of the indigenous women.

 

Jeffrey Wium is a film director and creator of the film Wisdomkeepers, Paqo Andino - an eco-spiritual journey into the heart of consciousness and Children of the Sun.  He was initiated into the celestial lineage of Andean-Inkan Altomisayoqs in 2007. Jeffrey bridges indigenous and modern culture, offering immersive programs and retreats to help people embody their Eternal Essence. He is the founder of the Wisdomkeepers Project. His film Children of the Sun chronicals the healing and purification processes of the Andean-Inkan celestial maestros to help awaken humanity and prepare us to engage the new era of Earth.

 

Yonri Revolt - is a journalist, filmmaker, and co-founder of Yoikatra Community, based in Timika, Papua. In 2014, the community collaborated with some local NGO to develop the Halaman Papua program which focuses on health issues and health services in Papua. In 2016, in collaboration with Febian Kakisina, their documentary film entitled Mama Amamapare (2016) won the Best Short Documentary Award at the Indonesian Film Festival and Best Film at the Eagle Awards, Documentary Competition. Since 2015, Yonri has developed many film projects and citizen journalism activities involving raising crucial issues in Papua and promoting public archiving and presentation program.

 

Surya Shanker is a filmmaker at Video Republic with a film industry career spanning 17-years.He is also the founder of the first ever International Indigenous Film Festival held in Odisha, India in 2019, which was inspired by presenting at the First Bali Indigenous Film Festival (January 2018). These films highlight the ongoing struggle for land rights and justice in India.

Ado Kaliting Pacidal is from Taiwan.  She is a singer, songwriter, actress, television host and director. Her elder’s gave her the name Ado, which echoes the saying from the myths of the Amis (Pangcah) people that “we sing to make the gods happy.” Ado was nominated for Best New Performer at the Golden Horse Awards in Taipei.

 

Nadira Ilana was born and raised between seas and mountains in the city of Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia.  Nadira acquired her BFA in Film & TV from the Queensland University of Technology, Australia and Montclair State University, USA (student exchange). Since 2010, she has worked as a director for independent short films, documentaries and corporate videos; assistant director for feature films, TV programmes and commercials and writer. She divides her time between Sabah and in Kuala Lumpur, where she is based.

Nadira began making documentaries in 2012 with The Silent Riot as part of Freedom Film Festival. She encourages minorities to tell their own stories. Nadira is attending the film festival as a guest.