After not receiving suggestion for screening titles I look into the titles suggested in the past and found an Indonesian gem whose screening should be overdue! It is highly relevant to screen it in view of the concern and interests over indigenous people in our region eg on how a student need to walk 1 day to the nearest school-as is the story of this film `Denias-Senandung atas Awan'-a good Indonesian production about Papua New Guinea, which should resonate with people who are concerned about the similar fate of Penans and other similar communities in Malaysia. For me it is also a film of choice since I just met a group of Penans from the Baram area while in Sarawak. They live in remote areas where traveling along logging roads tell stories of rape of school girls, murder of anti-logging Tuai Rumah, lack of birth certificates and thus Mycard, voting rights etc.So come to watch this gem from among the films loaned to us by Kris Gan at least 1 year ago!
Details of the films are here:
Title: Denias-Senandung di Atas Awan
|Directed by||John de Rantau|
|Produced by||Hartawan, Wiwid Setya, Ari Sihasale , Nia Zulkarnaen|
|Written by||Jeremias Nyangoen , Masree Ruliat|
|Distributed by||Alenia Pictures|
|Release date(s)||October 19, 2006|
|Running time||110 minutes|
We will also screen a short (11min) video of long house folks in Sri Aman, Sarawak-the 1st installment of videos which I will do about Sarawak along the tour that I am conducting to that long neglected part of Malaysia.
We specially welcome new members from the screenings at Freedom Film Fest in Penang from Oct 9th-11th.