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1.

Classic Balinese Dances

A look into a time gone by in Indonesia. A 1977 filmed visit with a Prince of Bali, and his feudal court of Chokorda Agung in Ubud, a principality of Bali, by Asian arts expert Faubion Bowers, who lived there in the late 40s. The visit includes the palace grounds, a skit composed by the Prince, and a popular Balinese dance (Truna Jaya, in which a teenage girl dances the part of a young man.) Also: an interview with Rudolph Bonnet, an elderly Dutch painter long resident in Bali and sometimes referred to as "the last of the Gauguins." Bonnet escorts Bowers on a tour of an art museum dedicated to Balinese art.
Online
2016; 1977
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A Balinese Trance Seance

A Balinese Trance Seance - Bringing offerings of rice, flowers, and woven coconut leaves, clients visit Jero in her household shrine to determine the cause of their son's death. Jero lights an incense brazier, sprinkles holy water, and recites mantras as preliminaries to trance. Several ancestors and finally the young son speak through her voice, revealing the nature of his premature death (witchcraft) and his wishes for cremation. In contrast to other films about Balinese trance which focus on spectacular, community performances, this film provides an intimate view of a fascinating process of communication between Jero, the spirits, and her clients who are at one point moved to tears. Jero on Jero: A Balinese Trance Seance Observed - In 1980, anthropologist Linda Connor and filmmake [...]
Online
2014; 1981
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Bali Yatra: They Say, They Came From India

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The documentary is research documentation to understand the cultural dialogue between Indian sub-continent and Bali, which was prominent in the history in the name of spice route. The documentation highlights a panoramic view of Bali within various nuances of its culture which showcases a harmonic amalgamation. The documentary enters through Bali Yatra and fathoms the ancient Baisakhi temple in Bali and travels to explore the various elements of Indian culture, which exist in Bali. It touches upon the Pedanda system or Priesthood of Bali and explores the calendar making concept which was many shades of Indian culture. Apart from this, the documentary travels through Gurukul of Bali to explore the various elements of this ancient heritage. As a travelogue it records the various creati [...]
DVD
2013
Clemons (Stacks)
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Bali [electronic resource]: They Paved Paradise

From the Bintang boulevards of Bali's most popular beaches to the spiritual heartland of Ubud in the island's high country, there's a growing resistance to rampant development and tourism at any cost. Young Balinese are angry about the cultural and environmental impact of millions of international visitors and the staggering hotel and commercial construction that's gobbling up their island. So they're mobilizing. This program looks at the groundswell of sentiment that wants to steer Bali away from being a playground filled with raucous bars and clubs and a colossal receptacle for the garbage and detritus that millions of tourists generate. Spotlighting a wide range of sociopolitical strategies, the film introduces viewers to an unlikely coalition of surfers, rockers, activists, and r [...]
Online
2012
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Sacred and Secret [electronic resource]: Rites of Passage in Bali

Religion in Bali is marked by rituals of high artistry aimed at harmonizing the forces of darkness and light, as this program shows. Ancestor worship, karma, and other key concepts are illustrated through lavish, rare, high-definition footage of a cremation ceremony-considered a joyous prelude to reincarnation-a birth ceremony, a puberty rite, and a wedding. A priest explains the interplay between humans and the spirit world, with input from scholar Graeme MacRae; anthropologist Urs Ramseyer discusses the rites of the indigenous Bali Aga; and Gill Marais, on whose book this film is based, comments on the sacred trance-dances performed by young girls.
Online
2011
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Sacred and Secret [electronic resource]: Spirit Possession in Bali

The elaborate rituals and timeless pageantry of Bali make the island unforgettable for visitors, yet few really understand what lies behind the dances, the costumes, and the ceremonies. With gorgeous, high-definition footage this program delves into the spiritual beliefs at the heart of Balinese traditions. Viewers observe the powerful Barong dance, in which participants fall into a trance and are later revived by mantras, and witness a frenetic invocation of the goddess of death not performed for tourists. In addition, the video documents the four months of preparation leading up to a spectacular cremation ceremony for three members of the royal family of Ubud, including the man known as Bali's Last King.
Online
2011
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The Three Worlds of Bali

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Anthropologist Steve Lansing guides the viewer on an exploration of the Indonesian island of Bali, which is coming to terms with the technological West. The Balinese make artistic offerings of music, dance, poetry, and even food in order to maintain the delicate balance between the world they live in, the world of the gods, and the world of the demons. The Balinese have retained what was important to them, which is a blend of animism, Hinduism, and Buddhism into a single continuous tradition.
DVD
2010; 1981
Clemons (Stacks)
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The Goddess & the Computer

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Examines centuries-old traditions of rice farming on Bali in which water is considered a gift from a goddess and is controlled by priests. The importance of this religious system of irrigation came to light only after newly introduced methods of rice farming were introduced as a result of the green revolution and production decreased while pests multiplied. A computer modeling system was developed which confirmed the wisdom of the old traditions.
DVD
2007; 1988
Clemons (Stacks)
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Dances of Bali [electronic resource]

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Online
2007
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Primates Like Us: Highlights From the 1998 CWU/Universities Udayana Belinese Macaque Project

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In the summer of 1998 a group of primarily American undergraduate students from Central Washington University went to Bali as part of the university's first Balinese Macaque Project field school. The goal was to experience Balinese culture and study macaque monkey behavior and document the entire six-week process.
DVD
2005; 2003
Clemons (Stacks)
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A Balinese Trance Seance & Jero on Jero

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In a Balinese trance seance, Jero Tapakan, a spirit medium in a small, central Balinese village, consults with a group of clients in her shrine house. In Jero on Jero, anthropologist Linda Connor and filmmakers Tim and Patsy Ash return to Bali and present Jero with a videorecording of the previous film and elicit comments from her about the film and the experience of possession.
DVD
2004
Clemons (Stacks)
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The Maritime Connection [electronic resource]

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Program 14.1 explores how Balinese residents have developed strategies to profit from the tourist industry while maintaining cultural integrity. Program 14.2 contrasts social and economic programs which seek to build tolerance among Malaysia's diverse cultures with the violence of Islamic militants.
Online
2003
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Dances of Bali [electronic resource]

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Presents four Balinese dances with commentary. Bowers interviews two prominent dancers, translating their discussions of dancing techniques and symbolism and the role of dance in their culture. The dances performed are Djuak, Oleg tambulilingam, Kebyar terompong, and Legong kraton.
Video Other
1999; 1973
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Bali, Beyond Good and Evil

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Follows Ed Ross to Bali which he considers that one most beautiful and holy place. He climbs Batur in pilgrimage and watches/participates in the ritual Monkey dance. Throughout the total integration of the sacred into the everyday lives of the Balinese people is stressed.
VHS
1997
Ivy (By Request)
15.

Shadow Master

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Presents a documentary focusing on two teenage brothers in Bali: one an apprentice to a renowned shadow puppeteer, the other enamored of Western values.
VHS
1990
Ivy (By Request)
16.

The Goddess and the Computer

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Examines centuries-old traditions of rice farming on Bali in which water is considered a gift from a goddess and is controlled by priests. The importance of this religious system of irrigation came to light only after newly introduced methods of rice farming were introduced as a result of the green revolution and production decreased while pests multiplied. A computer modeling system was developed which confirmed the wisdom of the old traditions.
VHS
1988
Ivy (By Request)
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Colin McPhee [electronic resource]: The Lure of Asian Music

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Gives a short background of musician Colin McPhee followed by a description of the Balinese music which changed his life.
Online
1985
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The Three Worlds of Bali

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Anthropologist Steve Lansing guides the viewer on an exploration of the Indonesian, temple-based, civilization of Bali, which is coming to terms with the technological West. Shows how Balinese religion unites and involves the people at every level of society.
VHS
1981