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Bali Indigenous Film Festival Return to Ubud May 10-12, 2019

Following the successful Festival held last year, the Bali International Indigenous Film Festival returns to the community of Ubud May 10-12, 2019,

This year’s festival with the theme “Stories that Matter” will showcase a gala grand opening at the Njana Tilem Museum in Mas, Ubud on Friday, May 10th followed by two festival days at the intimate 120-seat Paradiso Theatre in Ubud on May 11-12th where 32 indigenous films will be show from 12 participating countries.

Grand Opening, Friday, May 10th

More than 500 people are expected to attend a Gala Grand Opening scheduled for Friday, May 10, 2019, to be held at the Njana Tilem Museum in Ubud.  Traditional indigenous dance performances, 12 invited film directors, 3 feature films and a lavish dinner will frame the evening dedicated to celebrating indigenous wisdom and culture and heralding the two days of film showings that follow.

The remaining two days of this year’s Bali International Indigenous Film Festival will feature short documentary films during the daylight hours and full-length feature films over the two evenings. Directors will present their films, creating an opportunity for the audience to participate in lively Q & A sessions.

David Metcalf, the co-founder of the festival, said, “We hope that relationships develop during the festival like they did last year, and this will provide sustainable support and open doors to effective strategies for positive change in indigenous communities”.

The selected Indonesian and international indigenous documentary films include a focus on indigenous wisdom, connection with nature, alternative solutions, land rights, success stories, forest preservation, and use of technology to support indigenous interests.

The Festival is organized by the Ranu Welum Foundation, based in Palangkaraya, Central Kalimantan. This is a non-profit group that specializes in media and film making. One of the Foundation’s long term goals is to help indigenous groups create their own pop-up film festivals in small regional towns throughout Indonesia.

Early bird tickets are available at US$65 for all 3 days. VIP, day passes, and other ticket options are available via the Festival Website.

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