Our Asian Neighbours: Indonesia

Our Asian Neighbours: Indonesia
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An Angklung Orchestra
An angklung is a Javanese bamboo instrument which is rattled to produce a fixed note. Originally tuned to the pentatonic scale, it was used in traditional music. However, today it…
Azhari Ali - An Acehnese University Student
Set in the city of Banda Aceh, Sumatra, this film traces the daily life of Azhari Ali, a student of agriculture at the University of Syliah Kuala. He is a…
A Balinese Gong Orchestra
A simple, explanatory film on the well known gamelan gong using the Tunjuk Orchestra. Each instrument is explained and demonstrated, then the orchestra plays a piece from the Ramayna Ballet…
The Bupati of Subang - A Government Official
The Bupati is the government's chief civilian administrator in the West Javanese Kabupaten of Subang. His decisions affect the lives of a million people. Assisted by his military background, the…
The Hasans - A Buginese Trading Family
The Bugis were once the feared pirates of the Java Sea. Today they run trading junks (prahu) between the islands of Indonesia. This film is about the Hasan family who…
Marvel - A Jakarta Boy
A day in the life of a fourteen year old boy. Marvel comes from a migrant Minangkabau family, he is seeking a new way of life in the busy city…
Mastri - A Balinese Woman
Mastri and Sukit are a young couple from the village of Tunjuk in South Bali. Sukit is a school teacher. They live in the house of Sukit's parents and are…
Pak Menggung - A Javanese Aristocrat
Java is no longer ruled by kings and queens. The aristocrats who remain live in their palaces, but they are mostly poor. When they die so will many of their…
Sinaga’s Family - A Batak Village
This program is set in a small fishing village on the edge of Lake Toba inhabited by fifteen Christian families. Sinaga, head of one of these families, fishes for his…
Taram - A Minangkabau Village
A look at life in the Indonesian village of Taram, Sumatra, where clan inheritance is passed from mother to daughter. It is a matrilineal society, where the husband is considered…

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