Wayang, traditional Javanese shadow puppetry, has long been considered to be a central part of educating, entertaining and sharing heritage with younger generations. However, many children now find the wayang performances long and tedious, making it difficult for the elders to pass on the traditional stories and values. In order to bridge this gap, Mas Humam created Wayang Gaul in the village of Tembi, adapting the traditional plots and gamelan musical compositions of wayang to address current issues such as corruption or the effects of modern technology. His main goal is not only to reconnect the children of Tembi with their roots, but show them that through the arts they can increase their confidence and become vessels of their heritage, bridging the generational gap.

by Grace Farson and Nicole Welsh
Part of the 2012 Vimy Team Global Documentary Project in Indonesia. Produced with support from UNC Center for Global Initiatives, Nourish International at UNC-Chapel Hill, and Kampung Halaman

more on VIMY cgi.unc.edu/awards/vimy-team-award
more on the film & its maters kitabelajar.tumblr.com/post/28474245795/screenings

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