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Camera! Action! You’re in Bali

Province Aims for Bali to Become International Cinematic Center

The Deputy Governor of Bali, Tjokorda Oka Artha Ardhana Sukawati (Cok Ace), received a visit from Indonesian film director Livi Zheng on Saturday, February 23, 2019, who has been nominated for an Academy Award for her film “Bali: Beats of Paradise.”

As reported by Beritabali.com, Livi Zheng told Cok Ace how she used Balinese gamelan music in the sound track of her film in order to make the Island’s rich musical heritage known to a wide audience.

Livi revealed that “Bali: Beats of Paradise” tells the story of a Balinese gamelan musician, Nyoman Wenten, who works as a  ethnomusicologist at the prestigious University of California in Los Angeles (UCLA), The Herb Alpert School of Music, and CalArts School of Music. The film also shares Wenten’s life-long involvement with gamelan music dating from his childhood in the Balinese village of Sading to his artistic collaboration with megastars of modern music and cinema.

Deputy Governor Cok Ace said he hoped that producers and film directors will consider Bali as film location and even consider adopting Balinese themes therby leading the way to Bali becoming a world film laboratory.