A five minute extract of the film Knowing by Alana Jelinek.
The whole film is available on the pacificpresences.org website and on DVD.
For Knowing, groups of people of Dutch, Javanese and Papuan backgrounds were invited to the collection stores of ethnological museum, Volkenkunde, in Leiden, Netherlands. Each participant was invited to choose objects from their cultural background to talk about and each was also invited to talk about the objects others chose. In this way each participant talked about objects from their own culture and from the culture of others.
Most of the encounters were conducted in English but Dutch, Indonesian, Sentani and other Papuan languages were also used by participants. None has been translated. The full film is 48mins: the product of much editing from the twenty two hours of footage filmed. We hope that the finished product does justice to the views expressed by the participants over the days of filming.