PLASTIC PALEMAHAN

short film

An environmental art film inspired by traditional dance and the ancient Balinese concept of "Palemahan," meaning harmony with nature to avoid disaster.

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THE FILM

THE FRAMES

THE INSPIRATION

"I was inspired by three things to make this film; the widely known 'Kekak' dance ceremonies, where entire villages perform group vocal percussion chants together as the soundtrack to their religious theatrical dramas.

The "Ogo Ogo" ceremonies of Balinese new year, where a village must construct, and then slay a giant demon effigy, which is designed to embody whatever disharmony has arisen in their village during the year.

And third, the startling amount of plastic pollution found on the island in the rivers, beaches, and jungles. I felt I should be combine these things as an imagined post-modern addendum to the balinese mythological tradition.

- DIRECTOR,  RYAN UZILEVSKY

 

THE PRODUCTION

Filming took place on location in Ubud, Bali

Ubud is the cultural center of Bali, and in some ways greater Indonesia. The production was created by a dedicated group of western volunteers and also an entire local village community of the Pura Griya Sakti Manuaba temple who lent us performers, their costumes, and their 800 year old temple to film the story. The Plastic Ogo Ogo, was designed by Ryan Uzilevsky, and created with the help of producer Katie Bunny Roberts, and local costumer, Sha Cecile.