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Following the success of the 2017 DocuCamp, Yayasan Rekam Nusantara/Indonesia Nature Film Society (INFIS) held the 2018 DocuCamp in Bogor and Cianjur on 3-10 September 2018. Taking part in the training were 7 (seven) young people from Lampung, Siberut, Bogor, Kupang, Jayapura, and Sorong. What made 2018 DocuCamp different was that it was open to the public, especially the youth who were interested and eager to deepen their knowledge of how to make audiovisual works. The selection process required candidates to submit...

Anggarasaka 2018 is the annual agenda of Nymphae (the association of Biological Students of Bandung Technological Institute), which was held in Bandung Creative Hub in Bandung on 1-2 September 2018. Focusing on the ‘Human and Conservation’ theme, the event served as a forum for multi-stakeholders, ranging from students, organizations, media, and the public in general, to learn and share information. Throughout the two-day event, Indonesia Nature Film Society (INFIS); as the production unit of Rekam Nusantara Foundation, exhibited photos, screened movies...

When we hear of ‘sharks’ and ‘rays’, the first thing coming to our mind, much likely, is ‘predators’ or something big and frightening. Despite this, sharks and rays have been hunted for centuries in Indonesia. For example, small-scale fishers in South East Sulawesi have been catching these species using bamboo-made fishing rods. Sharks and rays are close relatives, comprising  the subclass Elasmobranchii, one key characteristic of which is their skeletons are made of cartilage, rather than bone. Of the approximately 1,250...

Besides in Gajah Mada University, (UGM), Indonesia Nature Film Society (INFIS), ‘Siapa Lagi Kalau Bukan Kita’ (‘If Not Us, Then Who?’), Mongabay Indonesia and the Indigenous Peoples Alliance of the Archipelago (Aliansi Masyarakat Adat Nusantara/AMAN) held the movie premiere and discussion in Uwong Coffee, Yogyakarta, on 6-9 September 2017, featuring Sallombengan Seko, O’Hangana Manyana, Penjaga Hutan Bumi Jargaria and Dari Para Leluhur, four of the 16 documentaries screened. All the documentaries tell the stories of indigenous peoples, whose existence is not recognized...

Following a successful premiere of Sallombengan Seko in Palopo in August, INFIS again held a series of screening and discussions about the struggle of indigenous peoples for their rights. This time the Siapa Lagi Kalau Bukan Kita’s roadshow held a premiere and discussion in Yogyakarta. Four movies were screened in the Auditorium of the Faculty of Culture of Gadjah Mada University on Friday afternoon (8/9); they are Sallombengan Seko, Dari Para Leluhur, Penjaga Hutan Bumi Jargaria and Harapan. Made possible through the...

In conjunction with the International Indigenous People Day, ‘Salombengan Seko’ premiered in the multipurpose hall of IAIN, Palopo, South Sulawesi, on Wednesday evening, 8 August 2017, followed by a discussion about the film. The collaborative work of Indonesia Nature Film Society (INFIS), ‘If Not Us, Then Who?’,’ the Indigenous People Alliance of the Archipelago (AMAN), Perkumpulan Wallacea and BEM IAIN Palopo drew a lot of students from various universities in Palopo. IAIN’s acoustic ensemble and song ‘Bumi Bukan Hanya Hari...

Indonesia Nature Film Society (INFIS) for the first time organized an 8-day documentary training program, called DocumCamp, in Bogor and Cianjur. Starting from Monday, 10 July 2017, it was attended by 9 indigenous members from Aceh, Central Kalimantan, South Sulawesi, North Sumatera, North Lombok, Tano Batak, North Sulawesi and Riau. Directly guided by the six founders of INFIS, the training covered everything relating to documentary filmmaking: introduction, history, interview techniques, production processes up to shooting techniques. The participants were also asked...

Written By: Een Irawan Putra In early 1999 a young man from Seko Padang named Mahir Takaka and several friends from Yayasan Bumi Sawergading (YBS Palopo) were trying to support the indigenous Seko. They discussed how to increase the community’s understanding of the right to customary territories, provide legal protection and have the rights of the Seko recognized by the government. The fruit of the discussion was the participatory mapping of Seko’s customary territory and the initiative to create The Council...

Written By: Een Irawan Putra The road connecting Hoyane Hamlet and Pokapaang Hamlet got muddy and slippery as the wet season was approaching, but a few months ago Hoyane women, along with their children, kitchen utensils and tents, travelled through the bad road to gather with others from Pohoneang, Malino, Harana’, Pasangkalua’ and Pokapaan to take a joint action. It took a 2-hour walk from Hoyane to get to Pokapaang. More than 400 women occupied Puriliang, one of PT Seko Power Prima’s...

Written by: Een Irawan Putra Seated in his hut and seeing his community harvest their rice, R. Kondo Lada’ said that the area was the Ambalong’s rice barn. A few decades ago, before Sae was opened for rice paddies, the community had to buy or ask for rice from their families in Seko Padang. “At that time our paddies were not enough to produce rice for the entire community. Since we opened up the land again – Sae and the surroundings...