RETURN OF THE SALT BOY 1

“I consider myself a very serious programmer and curator, but I also make silly drawings 'as a sort of gentlemanly hobby' (Burgess)."

Programmer Gertjan Zuilhof curated a programme with divers views on the original inhabitants of the mountains, the plains and the islands of South East Asia. Many first nations. There are 3 parts of the programmes and showcasing the short films by Zai Kuning (Singapore), Pimpaka Towira (Thailand), Margaret Bong (Malaysia), Jen J. Balberona (Philippines), Loeloe Hendra Komara (Indonesia), Auraeus Solito (Philippines) and many more.

BULALACAO

 Wences Ponciano / Philippines / 2017 / 3mins  "Bulalacao" portrayed the aerial bombing of a community of Indigenous People Mangyan after an encounter ensued between AFP and NPA Fighters on March 30, 2017. Bulalacao" which means Meteor in Filipino is also the name of the Town where the bombing occured.

Wences Ponciano / Philippines / 2017 / 3mins

"Bulalacao" portrayed the aerial bombing of a community of Indigenous People Mangyan after an encounter ensued between AFP and NPA Fighters on March 30, 2017. Bulalacao" which means Meteor in Filipino is also the name of the Town where the bombing occured.

SIGBIN

 Jen J. Balberona / Philippines / 2017 / 1mins  SIGBIN is a dog-like creature in Philippine folklore, said to come out at night to suck blood from the victims using its shadow. It is said to be a pet of an Aswang (Ghoul).

Jen J. Balberona / Philippines / 2017 / 1mins

SIGBIN is a dog-like creature in Philippine folklore, said to come out at night to suck blood from the victims using its shadow. It is said to be a pet of an Aswang (Ghoul).

ONOMASTIKA

 Loeloe Hendra Komara / Indonesia / 2014 / 15mins  Synopsis 1: A nameless boy, living with his grandfather who has many names.  Synopsis 2: A child who is not named by his parents, lived with his grandfather who had many names. But he was allowed to find the right name for himself.

Loeloe Hendra Komara / Indonesia / 2014 / 15mins

Synopsis 1: A nameless boy, living with his grandfather who has many names.

Synopsis 2: A child who is not named by his parents, lived with his grandfather who had many names. But he was allowed to find the right name for himself.

SALT BOY

 Margaret Bong / Malaysia / 2006 / 15mins  TUDTU follows Ken, a Kelabit boy who lives with his family in a Kelabit Highlands, collecting salt.

Margaret Bong / Malaysia / 2006 / 15mins

TUDTU follows Ken, a Kelabit boy who lives with his family in a Kelabit Highlands, collecting salt.

BAHAG KINGS

 Khavn / Philippines / 2006 / 3mins  Bahag Kings is an ode to nothing.

Khavn / Philippines / 2006 / 3mins

Bahag Kings is an ode to nothing.

The Brief Lifespan of Fire, Act 2 Scene 2, Suring & the Kuk-ok | Ang Maikling Buhay ng Apoy, Act 2 Scene 2, Suring at ang Kuk-ok

 Auraeus Solito / Philippines / 1995 / 9mins  Suring retreats to the forest & casts a spell of Absolute Beauty, where she befriends the Kuk-ok, a shape-shifter. ( Based on a scene from the play “The Brief Lifespan of Fire” about Palawan indigenous myths )

Auraeus Solito / Philippines / 1995 / 9mins

Suring retreats to the forest & casts a spell of Absolute Beauty, where she befriends the Kuk-ok, a shape-shifter. ( Based on a scene from the play “The Brief Lifespan of Fire” about Palawan indigenous myths )

THE RETURN

 Pimpaka Towira / Thailand / 2017 / 5mins  In an unidentified place, Preecha was talking to his brother 'Hta' as usual. Yet a moment later Preecha realized that Pa-U, another brother who had recently dead, just came back to bid farewell.

Pimpaka Towira / Thailand / 2017 / 5mins

In an unidentified place, Preecha was talking to his brother 'Hta' as usual. Yet a moment later Preecha realized that Pa-U, another brother who had recently dead, just came back to bid farewell.

THE PURPLE KINGDOM

 Pimpaka Towira / Thailand / 2016 / 31mins  Inspired by the story of an ethnic Karen activist Porlajee Rakchongcharoen (a.k.a. Billy) who went missing in Thailand near Kaeng Krachan National Park in Petchaburi province, 100 miles (161 km) south of Bangkok. Park authorities arrested the Karen activist on April 17, 2014 for possessing a wild honeycomb and six bottles of wild honey but released him after giving a warning. He disappeared shortly afterward. In 2012, Billy led a Karen group that filed a complaint with the Central Administrative Court against the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation and the Natural Resources and Environment Ministry. The case focuses on the actions of Kaeng Krachan National Park chief and other forestry officials, who burned down 20 Karen houses in a 2011. operation to deal with forest encroachment. Billy had been collecting evidence and interviewing witnesses to press his case. The film has explored the attempt of seeking the justice of Billy’s wife, played by his real wife with a juxtaposition of the searching a dead body of a middle-class woman’s husband, whom was killed by helicopter crash in the jungle.

Pimpaka Towira / Thailand / 2016 / 31mins

Inspired by the story of an ethnic Karen activist Porlajee Rakchongcharoen (a.k.a. Billy) who went missing in Thailand near Kaeng Krachan National Park in Petchaburi province, 100 miles (161 km) south of Bangkok. Park authorities arrested the Karen activist on April 17, 2014 for possessing a wild honeycomb and six bottles of wild honey but released him after giving a warning. He disappeared shortly afterward. In 2012, Billy led a Karen group that filed a complaint with the Central Administrative Court against the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation and the Natural Resources and Environment Ministry. The case focuses on the actions of Kaeng Krachan National Park chief and other forestry officials, who burned down 20 Karen houses in a 2011. operation to deal with forest encroachment. Billy had been collecting evidence and interviewing witnesses to press his case. The film has explored the attempt of seeking the justice of Billy’s wife, played by his real wife with a juxtaposition of the searching a dead body of a middle-class woman’s husband, whom was killed by helicopter crash in the jungle.