Festival supports local filmmakers
Amid the noisy celebrations of traditional and contemporary performing arts at the recent month-long Bali Arts Festival, one event made its mark in a modest way.
That event was the Bali Documentary Film Festival.
The festival was arguably the first coordinated effort to educate the islandâ€™s youth on the importance of documentary filmmaking. It was also an effort to encourage them to create documentary films about their homes based on their own perspectives.
â€œWe want these young people to realize that they have a pivotal role in creating and recreating the visual images and visual histories of their island, cultures and people,â€ writer and filmmaker Agung Bawantara said.