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'Bali: Beats of Paradise' garnered attention from Walt Disney, Unforgettable Gala

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The Jakarta Post

Jakarta  /  Sun, December 16, 2018  /  10:06 am
'Bali: Beats of Paradise' garnered attention from Walt Disney, Unforgettable Gala

Indonesian director Livi Zheng. (Livi Zheng/File)

Indonesian director Livi Zheng’s Bali: Beats of Paradise was screened at Walt Disney Animation Studios on Thursday, Dec. 6 in Burbank, California.

Tempo.co reported that among the audience were the producer of Moana and story head of Frozen.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Previously, the documentary was screened in US theaters starting Nov. 16, following a premiere at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in Beverly Hills on Nov. 7.

Livi attended the screening at Disney and the Q&A session afterwards, with Nyoman Wenten and executive producer Julia Gouw.

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The director said that some questions came from those who had watched the documentary.

“[They asked] what the carvings on the gamelan instrument mean, and what the shooting experience in Indonesia was like,” said Livi.

Two days following the screening at Disney, Livi received a Culture Ambassador award from The Unforgettable Gala, an event dedicated to Asian Americans in the US, according to a report from Antara news agency.

Other awards at the gala were given to the likes of Jon M. Chu (Crazy Rich Asians) in the Director category, Crazy Rich Asians movie in the Vanguard category and John Cho in the Actor in Film category.

Livi, saying in her speech that pursuing a career in the film industry was such a privilege, also mentioned that she and her family hailed from Blitar in East Java, a small city that only got its first movie theater this year.

Bali: Beats of Paradise was screened at Laemmle Theaters Playhouse 7 in Pasadena, California until Dec. 13.

Laemmle explains on its website that the movie is visionary, as it examines the collective wisdom and talent of Judith Hill and Nyoman Wenten. The latter, Laemmle wrote, is set out to pay homage to Balinese music and dance, sacred but starting to be forgotten.

“This original documentary pulls back the curtain on gamelan music, Bali’s rhythmic style of classical music,” Laemmle wrote. (mut)