Special Program

Venue: Carrillo Gantner Theatre, Sidney Myer Asia Centre, The University of Melbourne

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Friday, 22 November 2013 – 11.30 - 13.00

Islander Perspectives in Storytelling

Featuring international speakers from Solomon Islands

Anouk Ride and Adilah Dolaiano from Sukwadi Media, a Solomon Islands production company specialising in content on environmental and social issues, are joined by Amie Batalibasi, Melbourne-based documentary filmmaker, media trainer and community arts practitioner/ producer, and Jennifer Wate, the Director of the Solomon Islands Development Trust to discuss Islander perspectives in storytelling and how to bring insider stories out to the wider world.


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 Saturday, 23 November 2013 – 09.00 - 10.15

The University of Melbourne Special Screenings

All filmmakers will be present to talk about the films
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A Meeting With Maharishi Pamungkas / Indonesia / Christopher Basile & Thomas Reuter / Australia / 2013 / 47 minutes

World Premiere

An anthropologist travels to Central Java, Indonesia for an encounter with Maharishi Pamungkas, a Javanese mystic and spiritual teacher he has met several times over the course of eleven years. Although Maharishi Pamungkas has gradually revealed portions of his complex system of spiritual teachings and practices, he has declined permission to publish his teachings, or even to have his photo taken, until now. What has changed?

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PREVIEW: Breaking the Chains / Indonesia / Erminia Colucci / UK / 2014 / 7 min clip

Breaking the Chains (65 min full length, official release 2014) depicts the use of physical restraint and confinement of people with mental illness in Indonesia, a practice known as pasung in this country but common also in other low and middle income countries. The film contributes to an understanding of pasung, the reasons behind this practice and the issues that must be overcome to eradicate this widespread human rights abuse. website: movie-ment.org

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Saturday, 23 November 2013 – 10.30 - 12.00

Japanese Ethnographic Films

Featuring international speaker from Japan & screening of a Japanese ethnographic film

Keizo Miyasaka

Keizo Miyasaka, professor of cultural perspectives in human sciences (cultural and medical anthropology), Keio University, Tokyo, will present “the context of inherent relationship between performance ethnography and ethnographic film: a reflection on the features of Japanese ethnographic films”, in which he’ll discuss on reflexive understanding as to “performance ethnography (which includes medical/religious healing) and ethnographic filming with reference to a rough sketch on its historical shift since 1930s (primarily in Japanese documentary/ethnographic films) in an attempt to prepare an alternative or supplementary perspective for integrative understanding of culturally focused films. Prof Keizo will show an example of ethnographic film, one type of the representative films in Japan:

Seven Young Gods of Fortune: Fertility Rite of Dosojin in Shimofukuzawa, Yamanashi
Japan / Yasuhiro Omori / 1984 / 68 min

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