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Jakarta Post

Festival supports local filmmakers

Jakarta   /   Thu, August 11 2011   /  07:00 am

On film: A Bali Hindu ritual is performed on Nyepi on March 5.Amid the noisy celebrations of traditional and contemporary performing arts at the recent month-long Bali Arts Festival, one event made its mark in a modest way.

That event was the Bali Documentary Film Festival.

The festival was arguably the first coordinated effort to educate the island’s youth on the importance of documentary filmmaking. It was also an effort to encourage them to create documentary films about their homes based on their own perspectives.

“We want these young people to realize that they have a pivotal role in creating and recreating the visual images and visual histories of their island, cultures and people,” writer and filmmaker Agung Bawantara said.

Agung and his colleague, Maria Ekaristi, were the main engines of the festival.

“For decades, even centuries, our...