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Three Films from Eastern Indonesia

Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Year of release
2006
Subjects
Anthropology
Keywords
ceremonies; Indonesia; rituals; social anthropology

Credits

Director
James J Fox; Patsy Asch; Timothy Asch

Distribution Formats

Type
DVD
Format
Region 2 PAL
Price
£50.00
Availability
Sale
Duration/Size
97 minutes
Year
2006

Sections

Title
Water of Words, The: a cultural ecology of a small island in Eastern Indonesia
Synopsis
Examines the ecology and poetry of everyday life. Two Rotinese narrate this film, each offering his
perception of the importance of the Lontar (Borassus) palm: a clan leader describes the many practical
uses of the palm; a poet tells of its origin and mythic significance. The film complements Fox’s book,
The Harvest of the Palm, as well as his essays on ritual language.
Duration
30 mins

Title
Spear and Sword: a payment of bridewealth on the island of Roti
Synopsis
The film begins as the groom’s side gathers the animals and money for a bridewealth payment, and discusses
problems that might arise in negotiating the exchange. In ritual silence, they walk to the bride’s family house,
where discussions proceed, interspersing ritual forms with lively conversation. When agreement is reached,
drinking and feasting begin and a chanter recounts the origin of the first bridewealth payment.
Duration
22 mins

Title
Celebration of Origins, A: Wai Brama, Flores, Indonesia
Synopsis
The film examines ceremonial leadership and the role of evolving religious practice in a changing society. It is a record of the gren mahe rituals of the people of the domain of Wai Brama. The gren mahe is the
largest religious event of the Wai Brama ceremonial system and requires the participation of the whole community.

(See Lewis’ book, People of the Source. The Social and Ceremonial Order of Tana Wai Brama on Flores)
Duration
45 mins

Distributor

Name

Royal Anthropological Institute

Contact
Susanne Hammacher (Film Officer)
Email
film@therai.org.uk
Web
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Phone
020 7387 0455
Fax
020 7388 8817
Address
50 Fitzroy Street
London
W1T 5BT
Notes
The Institute sells more than 250 anthropology and ethnology titles on video and DVD, including some produced by students and staff of the Granada Centre for Visual Anthropology. There is also a large library of internationally produced film and video productions from which items may be borrowed within the UK.

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