Seeds of Sunda- Rahayu

9 Baduy men, and 2 from Bandung walk 11 days from Kanekesh to Bandung to attend a ceremony on Mt. Tangkuban Perahu that was being held for the first time in hundreds of years.

The film focuses on the dedication to honouring nature and the transfer of ancestral knowledge and wisdom from the remote village of Kanekesh to their "young cousins" in Bandung without reference to the social context of ambivalence towards ancestral cultural practices of the Sundanese amongst themselves at the time.

Producer : Gabyreel ( Co-producers are Orang Sunda/Baduy (I am Icelandic-Canadian)

Profile : I am freelance writer and filmmaker, co-producers are cultural activists


THE SONG KEEPERS

In the obscure churches of remote Central Australia, a 140-year musical legacy of ancient Aboriginal languages, German sacred poetry and baroque music is being preserved by four generations of song women. The Song Keepers tells the unknown story of the choral heritage of remote Aboriginal communities in Central Australia past and present, through the women that make up the Central Australian Aboriginal Women’s Choir. Their music is the perfect manifestation of how they hold their strong traditional culture and modern faith in perfect balance, unabashedly and unapologetically.

As the 32 strong choir embarks on a three week historical tour of Germany, to take back the hymns that were given to their great grandparents by German missionaries, but in their own Western Arrarnta and Pitjantjatjara languages, we celebrate these women and their extraordinary relationship with South American born Morris Stuart, their charismatic conductor and musical director. Morris has worked with the women for almost a decade to revive the dying practice of choral singing at a time when it was almost extinct. Against all odds, together they take their music and stories of cultural survival, identity and cross-cultural collaboration to the world.

Through their music, never seen before archival material and intimate interviews we explore this incredible musical legacy and the complex, unspoken duality of central desert identity that goes with it. The bigger questions the Oilm poses are layered through the joyous journey of this remarkable group of women who take us through their world and navigate a new one with incredible humour, cheekiness, honesty and great care and trust in each other.

 

Director: Naina Sen

Born and brought up in New Delhi, India, Naina Sen is an award winning documentary filmmaker and video artist who's practice is strongly based on personal cross-cultural storytelling. Completing her Masters in Film and Cinema Studies in 2003, she has lived and worked in Australia ever since. For the last 12 years Naina has worked extensively with remote Aboriginal communities in North-East Arnhem Land and the Central Desert in the Northern Territory of Australia.

From 2008- 2011, Naina created visual projections for renowned Indigenous musician Dr G Yunupingu, touring with him nationally and internationally and documenting his life.

In 2010 she directed Stories Through Song, a half hour documentary for PBS on Dr G Yunupingu and was also associate producer on his ABC Australian Story profile,You’re The Voice.

In 2013, Naina directed and produced eight short films for Bunjilaka Aboriginal Cultural Centre’s internationally award-winning First Peoples permanent exhibition at Melbourne Museum.

In 2015 Naina co-wrote and edited half hour film Bulunu Milkarri, about an endangered women’s songline from Elcho Island, North East Arnhem Land. The film premiered at the Sydney International Film Festival and won Best Language production at the ImagiNative Film festival in Toronto in 2015.

The Song Keepers is Naina’s debut feature documentary. Premiering at the Melbourne International Film Festival in 2017, the film has received wide critical acclaim and has had an incredible 12-week national theatrical release across Australia in 2018, making it one of the most successful Australian documentaries in recent years. The film has also been nominated for a host of awards for best feature documentary including: Screen Producers Australia (SPA) Awards 2017, Film Critics Circle of Australia Awards 2018 , the audience award for best documentary at MIFF 2017 and most recently, was nominated for the prestigious Walkley Documentary award for excellence in journalism.

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SACRED WATER

  • Producer/Director Sanne van Oort

  • Filmmaker Danilo Allen

  • Editor Arya Adikristya

  • Local Representative Tarpi’in Adam

Water is life and needs to be respected. For the Bayan people in the North of Lombok who have been practicing an acculturation called ‘Wetu Telu’, there is a reciprocal and unique relationship with water. Water has significant cultural importance and has a spiritual entity, which comes with certain duties and responsibilities to ensure that it is respected, protected, and nurtured. The water and the earth are represented in the black colour yarns the women use for weaving. The textiles woven in the Bayan village are inspired with different patterns, motifs and earthy colors and all the motifs have their own unique philosophy. Wearing the woven cloth is important to not forget their customs and culture. The water has traditionally and continuously been used in their ceremonies, to grow medicines, and for cleansing and purification and it represents life and wellness for agriculture, human beings, plants and animals.

Duration : 11.36


 

VOICES OF THE JUNGLE

  • Producer/Director Sanne van Oort

  • Filmmaker Leonardo Imanuel Samson

  • Editor Arya Adikristya

Leo, a young Dayak, visits his family for the Tiwah ceremony in the village where he was once living in Central Kalimantan. When he grew up, nature surrounded him. Now, years later, the environment is endangered by mining companies taking over the land. Losing the land means that many of the folk stories in Indonesia will be lost. Leo is going back to document the indigenous women's stories as an effort to preserve the nature, where the stories once originated.

Duration : 11:27

 

Sanne Van Oort

After working as a senior lecturer at the University of Applied Sciences, and as a Research Fellow at the Amsterdam Creative Industries Centre of Expertise, Sanne Van Oort’s focus on Education for Sustainability led her to become Teacher Development and Well-Being Manager at Green School Bali and further focus on the way we can design education to create a shift in culture towards pro-environmental behavior. She is the Founder of ‘Mother Jungle’, which empowers Indigenous mothers to preserve knowledge and storytelling traditions for cultural and environmental conservation. The mothers in the jungle are keepers of many stories of their tribes and the aim is to bring renewed attention to the storytelling practices of Indonesia, the relevance of traditional stories in a rapidly changing society, and ongoing developments in Indonesian culture.


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Children of the Sun

JEFFREY HUAMANCHIQ WIUM

began his mystical studies in China and the Himalayas in 1996. 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 and creator of the film Wisdomkeepers, Paqo Andino.