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Erix Soekamti's documentary showcases the beauty of Raja Ampat

Jessicha Valentina
Jessicha Valentina

The Jakarta Post

Jakarta  /  Tue, January 24, 2017  /  05:50 pm

Erix Soekamti, bassist and vocalist with Yogyakarta-based pop punk band Endank Soekamti, has launched a documentary film about living aboard a traditional vessel in eastern Indonesia on Saturday.

Available on YouTube, viewers can watch Living on Board: In Eastern Indonesia for free.

The film follows Erix’s adventure exploring every nook and cranny of West Papua, starting from Sorong to Misol, Fakfak, Triton and Kaimana. His journey in eastern Indonesia was a part of survey for the band’s upcoming album.

(Read also: Guide to visiting Raja Ampat for first-timers)

The one-hour long video also presents the musician' experiences living in phinisi (traditional South Sulawesi sailing ships) for 10 days, the beautiful landscape of Raja Ampat and snippets of interviews with the owners of Kurabesi the Explorer, the boat on which Erix lives, namely Bustar and Rani. The snippet also reveals Bustar and Rani's frustration upon seeing that most of the liveaboards are owned by foreigners.

There are several interesting scenes in the video that reveal the daily lives of West Papua residents, one of them is when Erix visits the Tambaruni traditional market in Fakfak and sees a wide array of commodities offered by vendors, such as vegetables, fresh seafood and a parrot.

Erix mentioned in a press release that he hoped the documentary could motivate viewers to love what they have by doing everything they like. (kes)

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