Wisdom for the East

Wisdom for the East

Wisdom for the East

6 min 37 sec
Single Channel Video
Indonesia, 2014

Tuah untuk Timur (Wisdom for the East) is one of the videos produced by the Media Program for Healthy Papua. A community-based media development program that addresses health issues in Papua. Cinematic experimentation languages on Tuah untuk Timur relied on elements within the frame of the camera, such as zoom in and zoom out as a metaphor.

HIV-AIDS has become a problem that not only intersects in the context of health, but it has become a socio-cultural issue in Papua. It has even been a very sensitive issue concerning how the disease appeared, spread, and brings death to the people of Papua. Friction between cultures and perspectives of local communities, immigrants, and foreigners in response to HIV-AIDS is tried to be exposed by the priest who had been working on the land since the New Order.

A priest walked up to the camera, crossing the suspension bridge in the jungle of Papua, on the river Balim, Wamena. He has a striking presence from the reflection of sunlight on his robe that affects static camera shots. Accompanied by the sound of the interview on the condition of socio-cultural in Papua and Wamena community as a whole, the work of this video presents the question of the impact of an Order which has forsaken an area in eastern Indonesia.

Halaman Papua
Is a program managed by Forum Lenteng since 2014 that addresses on media literacy and the people of Papua. In its first year, Halaman Papua tried to focus on human rights and health issues, in cooperation with local communities in four different locations; Sentani, Kota Jayapura, Wamena, and Timika. Using audio visual medium, this program also puts an effort to present local perspective through text and photography which published in an online journal