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POSTPONED:Indigenous Wisdom and Intelligence on Film

POSTPONEMENT: Monthly Indigenous Film Program at Njana Tilem Museum i Ubud Postponed Until April 30, 3030


Due to the fast-developing COVID-19 Global Pandemic, the organizers of the "Indigenous Film Night" scheduled for March 26th havr postponed the inaugural "Film Night" until April 30, 2020.

Those who have purchased tickets for the March 26th event are eligible for a full refund or optionally can transfer their ticket without charge to the new April 30th date.


A new monthly "Film Night" will be inaugurated on the grounds of the Njana Tilem Museum on Jalan Mas in Ubud, Bali, on Thursday, March 26, 2020. 

The film nights are in keeping with the cherished Indonesian tradition of "layar tancap" - an outside films show in Indonesian villages. The premiere showing of the Indigenous Films on Thursday, March 26, will be presented "outside" on the lawn of the Njana Tilem Museum with a "Plan B" - in the event of rain - of moving the screenings to the large wantilan located at the Museum. 

Comfortable beanbag seating under the stars before a giant screen will be available. Champagne, wine, and other drinks will be served on a cash-bar basis throughout the evening. Food for the evening is catered and created by Simon from Zest, Ubud!

The doors open at 5:30 pm with food and beverage available throughout the evening. The program of films and other entertainment commences at 7:00 pm.

The film and entertainment program scheduled for March 26:

  • "Boy" – a Maori feature film from New Zealand.
  • Two short documentary films highlighting indigenous local wisdom:
    • "He Pou Rerenga Wairua" - wisdom sharing by Maori elders.
    • "Yawarani"- a film by Yawanawa indigenous community in Brazil.
  • Kristy Ka and Jeffry Wium speaking on indigenous wisdom and modern life.
  • A live performance by Natty Solomon Islands Cultural Custodians of "mystic chants bearing deep cultural knowledge."

BOY – Made in 2010

87 minutes 

- Director: Taika Waititi

Boy is a dreamer who loves Michael Jackson. He lives with his brother Rocky, a tribe of deserted cousins and his Nan. Boy's other hero, his father Alamein, is the subject of Boy's fantasies, and he imagines him as a deep-sea diver, war hero and a close relation of Michael Jackson. In reality, Alamein is an inept, wannabe gangster who has been in jail for robbery. When Alamein returns home after seven years away, Boy is forced to confront the man he thought he remembered, find his own potential, and learn to get along without the hero he had been longing for in the form of his father.

"He Pou Rerenga Wairua"

by Matua Louis Kareopa 

Wisdom is about being able to see the gift in everything around us and be grateful. It's the meaning of He Pou Rerenga Wairua, the captivating Maori carving that stands in the middle of a sunny glade, facing north. A spiritual Waka, floating canoe reaching up towards the heavens and celebrating Aroha, the love of Father Sky and Mother Earth. "This special bliss belongs to all of us; it cleans our energy and helps us to continue our inner journeys," says Matua Louis Kareopa. Inspired by this idyllic place and the knowledge of a millennial tradition, he carved the Pou out of the ancient wood of a Totara tree that had been submerged in the Tongariro River. 


Directed by Daniel Bury

The community in Yawarani has set out to immortalize their culture in film and virtual reality (VR) to create documentaries to educate their youth, as well as share their beautiful, sustainable lifestyle to the outside world. Throughout the creation of this short documentary, workshops were hosted in Yawarani to teach indigenous creators all stages of the VR and film production process, including screenwriting, camera operation, scene design, post-production, and editing. The end result is a virtual reality film made by indigenous creators to preserve and share their culture. 

Tickets for the evening are Rp. 150,000 per person and can be purchased at the door or online via The Link 

Food and beverage by Zest, Ubud! Available on an al a carte basis.


Monthly Indigenous Film Nights

Inaugural Evening - Thursday, March 26, 2020

Njana Tilem Museum

Jalan Raya Mas No. 102, 

Ubud, Bali

Doors Open at 5:30 pm

Film and Entertainment Program Commences at 7:00 pm