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New documentary highlights Sumba women's hopes and challenges

Josa Lukman

The Jakarta Post

Jakarta\  /  Thu, June 13, 2019  /  05:37 pm
New documentary highlights Sumba women's hopes and challenges

Cultural heritage: 'The Woven Path: Perempuan Tana Humba' is made up of two short movies that highlight the role of women in Sumba culture. (Tanakhir Films/-)

Sumba in East Nusa Tenggara is known for its scenic views, well-preserved traditions and ikat – resist-dyed cloth that is painstakingly hand-woven by Sumba women before it graces the capital’s runways. Perhaps one would surmise that the women of Sumba are highly respected in their society, given their significant economic and cultural contributions. But are they? Director Lasja F. Susatyo sought to answer this question in The Woven Path: Perempuan Tana Humba. Produced by Tanakhir Films, the two-part documentary showcases Lasja’s exploration of poetic storytelling. The first part of the documentary, The Woven Path, is a 10-minutes movie featuring picturesque footage and images that serve as a backdrop to two poems centering on the theme of mothers. Penned by Sumba-born poets Umbu Landu Paranggi and Diana Timoria, the poems touch on the gen...