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Baliprod Stories

Baliprod Stories, our documentary Production Branch

At Baliprod, we love telling stories visually through inspirational and stunning videos as well as lively photo editorials.
Indonesia is filled with many different types of culture that vary from island to island.
With an endless choice of subjects, Baliprod is creating content featuring the hottest topics in the country.

The Art of Bakti Negara

Bakti Negara is a style of Pencak Silat (Indonesian martial art) developed on the island of Bali. It is firmly rooted in ancient Balinese Hinduism, and philosophies. Bakti Negara means "national devotion.” The Sanskrit word Bakti, translates to devotion, and Negara, to country. It is the most widely practiced martial art in Bali, and the most well-known style of Balinese martial art. In fact, Bakti Negara is so widely practiced, it is commonly referred to as Pencak Bali or Kuntao Bali (Martial Art of Bali).

Bakti Negara has moves similar to various Balinese dances and performing arts such as the famous Barong dance. Although the martial art is very much focused around self-defense, those who practice Bakti Negara also participate in modern fighting competitions.

Skull Bliss: Portrait of a Balinese Skull Carver

Skull Carving is an ancient, unique Balinese tradition, that is carried out in order to honour the dead. This practice is passed down, and families spend years mastering the skill, using only skulls of cows that have lived a good life, and died a fair death. Skull carvers draw on the skull by hand, creating unique, and intricate designs.

Follow Wayan, a skull carver as he takes you around the island of Bali, showing you what inspires him. He shows you his countrymen and women that inspire him through their stories. Follow him, as he explains how the people he sees empower each other through their communities and traditions.

Nguyah: a Balinese Salt Farmer

Follow the story of Nyoman Warta and his wife, as they show the care they put into the traditional Balinese salt making process.

The practice of Balinese salt farming is becoming less and less common, and therefore is slowly disappearing. It is an honest practice, that takes heart and care, and those who do it put hours into extracting salt from the ocean. From creating tools from scratch, to selling the salt, the process takes days, and requires extremely hard work.

Pandan War: The Balinese Fight Club

This is a short documentary we shot about a unique balinese tradition where villagers fight with cactus like plants.
Perang Pandan at Tenganan village, East Bali, is an age-old tradition unique only to this well-preserved old Balinese village in the Karangasem regency.
Also referred to locally as mekare-kare and megeret pandan, Perang Pandan is a mass coming-of-age ritual, dedicated to the Hindu god of war and the sky, Indra.
It sees friendly duels between all male villagers, who bout each other armed with a small rattan shield in one hand and a tied packet of thorny 'pandan' leaves in the other.
The event is held annually, adhering to its own local calendar.

Bali: What is Galungan?

Galungan is a Balinese holiday that celebrates the victory of Dharma (the righteous path) over Adharma (everything unholy, immoral, etc.). Galungan marks the time when ancestral spirits visit the Earth, and Kuningan (the last day of celebration) marks the day when the spirits leave. The dates for these two days are determined in accordance to the 210-day Balinese calendar. Galungan can be compared to Diwali, a holiday that celebrates the victory of Dharma over Adharma, by Hindus in other parts of the world.
Galungan marks the beginning of one of the most important religious ceremonies in Bali: the day the spirits of the deceased return to visit their former homes. The family of the deceased spirits have the responsibility to be hospitable through prayers and offerings.The most obvious sign of the celebrations are the Penjors (bamboo poles with offerings suspended at the end) that are placed in front of the homes, by the road.

The Truth Behind the Smoke (teaser)

Mount Aung, a volcano on the island of Bali, Indonesia, erupted five times last November.
Volcanic regions are densely populated and intensely cultivated due to their fertile soil.
The eruption caused the evacuation of more than 40,000 people, disrupting air traffic and causing environmental damage.
Among the four eruptions of Mount Agung known today, 1963 was the most devastating: almost 2000 people died.
Many organisations like "First Aid Amed" came forward to volunteer and help the locals.
The Balinese put their lives on hold, they overcome this situation day by day...
Forgotten by the rest of the world. 20,000 refugees have still not returned home.

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