We are raising money to make a short documentary film exploring and connect the dots between fashion, travel, tourism, culture, sustainable development and our own spiritual development in Bali through the Balinese holiday, Nyepi.
The film, Bali's Paradise Paradigm, will be shot through the lens of a cinematographer and designer during and after Nyepi, Balinese New Year.
March 28th 2017 / Gregorian Calendar. March 28th 1939 / Caka Calendar
It will explore the similarities and differences between the western concept of ‘Paradise’ and it's tendency of hyper visuality, and the Balinese concept of ‘Surga’, an internalised concept of paradise through ritual, ceremony and a day of silence.
It will reflect on the rich cultural history of Bali, discuss Bali in the present day as a hotspot for ‘eco’tourism, and present a series of speculative futures for the island - one based on current trends, another based on cultural values and heritage.
The project invites members of the Bali Design and local community to participate on individual "intention" meditations for the day of silence, Nyepi, and how to translate this into social purpose.
Participants will be asked to log through a simple journal (provided) ideas and response on the following themes:
1. Designing "with" Bali
2. Ethics of interaction
3. Benefits of ritual for self development and building knowledge which contribute towards community
4. How to increase our sense ratio
Through interviews, and conversations with local residents the film seeks to uncover personal narratives, cultural values, and perceptions of the future of this small island.
The mission is to translate values of emotion and human value systems into a new linguistic currency, a lexicon for global citizenship, for the benefit of an authentic culture and tourism education
Changing the lens through which we see the world
Only recently have we witnessed the inclusion of ethics and global citizenship in tourism debates. The freedom of movement, the right to travel and simultaneously the rise of a multitude of alternative forms of tourism provide sufficient justification to discuss the manifold relationships between tourism, ethics and global citizenship in more detail. Although these concepts have been studied by various disciplines and as phenomena in their own right, in order to connect the dots in contemporary political and sociological thinking, it is important that a contemporary approach through cross pollination occurs. There is a need for understanding the relations and effects between the way we, as tourists or hosts, interact with each other and the environment and how people reflect on these encounters in terms of, for example, hospitality, inequality, human rights, and mobility.
Design a new way of thinking
In this exploration of mediation and mindset change, we can explore and connect the dots between fashion, travel, tourism, culture, sustainable development and our own spiritual development.
We can look and discuss meaningful solutions for a preferred future.
The ritual of one-day silence, Nyepi, gives us the opportunity to build knowledge by exploring different concepts of time, values and our interaction with the world - taking the lead from the local wisdom and translating these slower values of Bali's Culture by experiencing the island and its people through this Balinese New year celebration.
“It is not that Western man cannot fully understand Eastern systems, but that modern man cannot understand the spirit of a society that is not centred on property and greed” (Fromm, 1976).
I hope you will participate on this journey to re-imagine the Bali village we call home; a paradise world.
As a person lives, visits and creates memories within a place, attachment is built and it is through one’s personal connection to a place, that he/she gains a sense of belonging and purpose, which then gives significance and meaning to their life.
There is no doubt we can all find meaningful storytelling through our connection with Bali.
The mind is its own place, and in itself
Can make a heaven of hell, a hell of heaven
(John Milton, Paradise lost, 1667)
By empowering ourselves, our communities, building social equality and demonstrating choice through creativity, we are taking an action of resistance to the negative implications of development taking place on the island.
We can begin by changing the storytelling to create meaningful interactions with each other.
“Humans may resemble many other creatures in their striving for happiness, but the quest for meaning is a key part of what makes us human, and uniquely so.”
The following company have agreed to be a business case study to demonstrate ethics of interaction and what building community based tourism and interaction can look like. We will be following their workshop to gain insight for the short film:
The project would be happy to welcome others who would be willing to participate so please do not hesitate to contact me with ideas.
Risks and challenges
The aim for the short film is to be 20mins long though if we raise more money than needed I will be in a position to hire Fleur for more days.
Fleur Boonman, a cinematographer, has been booked for the project.
Please find a link to her work here :
The project needs her skill to actualise the concept through good image making, editing and artistic integrity. A combined artistic approach which makes the idea stronger as a we and not me.
We have planned for film briefing and shooting to start on the 27th March 2017 in Bali and this filming will take place over the course of 3 weeks. The budget requested allows for 7 days for both filming and post production editing included.
Please note : I will be contributing some of the money needed, 1000 pound sterling and will be relying on community support and participation to find the balance.
The risk of not meeting funding needs will limit the project.
The other main risk is not engaging the community in Bali to participate in the project, without which there is no film.
I will not be paid for the project as this work contributes towards my masters research project and the invitation to participate at the "connecting the dots" conference (link above) with the work.
Bali's current weather conditions could impact our ability to film as planned and we will adapt accordingly and be creative with the situation - it may be the rain highlights the very issue we are trying to demonstrate.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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