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    In March 2013 I took a trip to Uganda and Tanzania with two of my siblings to visit my sister who was volunteering at the time for Jenga, a community development organisation in Mbale, Uganda. This is a glimpse of our time there.. **AWARDED BEST NON-NARRATIVE & BEST EDITING at the South Australian Screen Awards 2014** / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / Shot/directed/cut by Benjamin Dowie Music written and produced by Oliver Dowie feat. vocals from the En-Kata Choir, Tanzania • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • Shot on 5D Mk3 Cut & graded with Final Cut 7 • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • Thank you to Peter and the guys at KCM, Pastor Willy and family in Mbarara, Tash & the Pamoja crew, the amazing Maasai people, and Robby & co at Jenga. En-Kata Choir http://www.en-kata.com/ Oliver Dowie https://soundcloud.com/oliver_dowie ▲ http://www.facebook.com/BeanpoleProductions http://beanpole.com.au/ ©2013 BEANPOLE PRODUCTIONS

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    • The Mentawai, Behind the Scenes Documentary


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      A behind the scenes look at my trip to Siberut, Indonesia with Cale and Will. To read the original blog/journal entry, with more information and drama that went on behind the lense, go to- http://www.joeyl.com/blog/the-mentawai-12/ To view the whole photo series, go to- www.joeyL.com Video shot by Cale Glendening www.caleglendening.com Video Edited by... me! Lighting Assistant / Translation Willem Isbrucker Guiding / Translation by Ricky Vhoetra and Gejeng http://mentawaiguide.roxer.com Soundscapes by Benjamin Bates www.benjaminbates.nl Still camera, abused and muddied, sponsored by Phase One www.phaseone.com All the Mentawai interviews were translated on location with Ricky, Gejeng and Will. However later to sync up the words to the interviews, I had to make a few Skype calls to Ricky and play him the audio. Because of that, some of the words might not be perfectly arranged in the time line, but the content is accurate.

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      • Uncontacted Amazon Tribe: First ever aerial footage


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        http://www.uncontactedtribes.org For the first time, extraordinary aerial footage of one of the world's last uncontacted tribes has been released. Survival's new film, narrated by Gillian Anderson, has launched our campaign to help protect the earth's most vulnerable peoples. To find out more go to: http://www.uncontactedtribes.org

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          The outdated teaser for the documentary film BUI MAREUREU BAAP as worlds divide Explanation for the change can be found here - http://www.asworldsdivide.com/archives/2009 The new teaser for the film can be seen here - https://vimeo.com/49676320 What comparisons can be made between modern-day survival methods and that of an Indigenous hunter-gatherer tribe? Have our most treasured assets changed, and key values been forgotten throughout our evolution? The documentary film BUI MAREUREU BAAP as worlds divide challenges these questions and provokes thought pertaining to our own judicious path, as we watch filmmaker, Rob, confronted by a growing uncertainty for survival in a rapidly-changing modern environment, abandon his steady job and city-lifestyle and embark on a solo journey to a foreign land, into the unknown. In a venture steeped in philosophical enlightenment, Rob, guided merely by survival instinct, stumbles upon a civilization that has survived independent of the outside world for thousands of years through placing inviolable importance upon the basic fundamentals that would then ensure its very existence. Inspired by this logic, it’s here, in a hunter-gatherer society of Mentawai tribes that Rob finds himself living alone for almost a year. Throughout this tale of one mans journey to another mans land we bare witness to intriguing discovery, and immense change, as Rob, wholeheartedly embracing this foreign way of life, overcomes the difficulties of adopting the native language, the knowledge of how to gather foods, the unearthing of survival tactics, cultural beliefs, traditions, taboos and values. Before finally, forced to question his own ideologies, torn between two worlds, Rob is faced with a challenge far greater than anything he’d ever experienced that would alter his life forever. Follow the films blog for news, progress, and informative updates - www.asworldsdivide.com

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          • Haka


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            Shot this Haka performance on a recent jaunt to NZ with O'Neill for the 24 minute show and I thought I'd put it up here in its entirety. Scary fellas.

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            • Balan the Blowpipe Maker


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              Watch the full film: https://vimeo.com/106222686 Help protect the Penan tribe's rainforest home. Visit www.selungo.com to find out more and support the Penan Peace Park. --- Only a few elders of Borneo’s Penan tribe still know how to make their unique hunting tool, the blowpipe. Balan is the last person in his village who practices the dying craft. This short film is an extract from the 30 minute documentary Sunset Over Selungo, which is available to watch in full for free at www.selungo.com. Watch the trailer here: https://vimeo.com/95975471 Twitter: www.twitter.com/SelungoFilm Music: http://soimanislander.bandcamp.com 100% of Tip Jar donations will go to Balan's village co-operative. The co-op works to benefit and strengthen the local community and preserve their ancestral home, the surrounding rainforest.

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              • Substantial TV Ep. 5 "The Holy Waters"


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                The Holy Waters of the Pacific Northwest are home. Pristine crystal church-ness seeping from underground fills the natural gutters of the Cascade mountain rang creating a whitewater head quarters unlike any other. With a solid spring season behind us we filled hard drives with some of the PNW's greatest waters. Enjoy and relax as we show you Holy Waters and take you to our Church! Shot on: Canon 7D and Go Pro HD3

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                • Fight Test


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                  Fight test using the Stella rig from AnimationMentor

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                    from AS WORLDS DIVIDE / Added

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                    **BLOG POST www.asworldsdivide.com www.facebook.com/asworldsdivide TO CUT A LONG STORY SHORT… Whilst pondering how best to encapsulate a brief update on the film, I found myself looking back over the various evolvements that have unfolded since my returning from Mentawai almost two years ago; and, in the end, decided that perhaps I’ll just begin there. So, basically, at that stage, whilst I did foresee the importance in utilizing the development of this project to learn about the processes of filmmaking, I envisioned – after having neglected using this approach whilst being taught about literacy at school or, perhaps closer to reason, having yet to realize an ability or means to truly express how I feel – that, to ensure the film would achieve a desired standard, I’d piece together the story and, after developing it enough to portray a sense of why this experience had had such a profound impact on my life, use it to then lure the interest and talent of a professional script writer… believing that they could help me decipher an intelligible interpretation of the emotions felt and perspectives gained throughout this journey. A stage, approximately one year ago, I had reached. It was at this point though, after finalizing a draft of the film and making contact with two respected writers, that – contrary to what I’d previously considered the only possible option for my situation – to my surprise, I found myself contesting the practicality of this proposed strategy and, subsequently, believing that – for the purpose of my intention – this tactic may in fact be backward. I mean, really, how should I expect that a stranger, or anybody else for that matter, could truly understand and give accurate description to the depth of thought, feeling, and ways in which this experience did and has affected me, if I was unable to verbalize it myself? So, now, a year on, and after a great deal of reflection, I’m pleased to report that a first draft of this new version has been completed; which, when comparatively measured against the time and fairly tentative divulgement applied to the previous, I see as being quite an exciting advancement. Despite this though, I’m unable to offer comment on how it’s been perceived by others just yet, as I’m still in the process of sourcing feedback. But nevertheless, I will say that, for me, personally, after having now discovered and developed through this project a true sense of expression, it is – for one of many other (not so selfish) reasons – why this film has already been a success. Looking ahead, I’ll continue to make necessary improvements – such as cutting the films duration (currently at 120min) back to a length that’s slightly more (commercially) user friendly – and then, assisted by the direction gained through opinion and criticism of others, fine-tune and prepare a version for submission to the various avenues offered to advance it. However, for now, I’ll be taking a short break from staring at and thinking about the film and, instead, will be focusing some time again on the MENTAWAI SUPPORT PROGRAM Lastly though, I thought I’d share with you an early example of the proposed culling operation I mentioned above… showing you a scene, which, as such, due to it falling into the category of not having enough bearing on the stories progression to justify it’s place, has now been removed from the film. So, please, if you have the time, do take a moment to view this otherwise exiled compilation of visual stimuli. More updates, soon. Cheerio

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                    • MENTAWAI CEREMONY


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                      **BLOG POST http://www.asworldsdivide.com/archives/1661 www.facebook.com/asworldsdivide Although I did, rather prudently I thought, opt against carting the weight of a video camera and array of thought-to-be essential accessories back to the islands for the recent baseline survey activity; I did in fact manage – utilizing the advanced capabilities of the modern-day still – to capture a few moments during a ceremony given for the death of an elder (Panogru), which, as this story goes, I happen to feel are worth sharing. You see, approximately three or so months after a death, as way of tradition, Sikerei (Shaman), who – among other things – possess an ability to communicate with the spirits of their ancestors, the land (sanitu sibara ka leleu), the sky (… manua), the ocean/rivers (… koat), and all things natural within, will gather the clan together in an Uma (clan longhouse). Where, after ensuring all items of relevant belongings (required to satisfy the eye of the spirits) are present and suitable offerings (plant, animal, and various personal) prepared, the Sikerei – through song, dance, music, and various passages of verbal scripture – will summon the spirits to join them in cleansing the body of the deceased and of course the Uma itself, where its spirit has since been present. Finally, after three or four days of ceremonial ritual, the spirit is then released from the Uma and, together with the other spirits, able to move on to its place in the forest, sky, etc. An event that also concludes the grieving (termed ‘crying’) period. Whilst the length of this period does vary, a white cloth material worn around the neck, or, for those closest (widows), above the head (Bukuet), clearly identifies those who are immersed. However I should note that – depending on the sex and age of the deceased – this insignia does have slight variations i.e. a blue cloth signifies the mourning of a child. In brief, the Mentawai ceremonies, which are many (marriage, death, new born, new uma, new canoe, new kerei, illness, successful hunts, broken taboos, and so on), are in place primarily to appease the spirits – the Mentawai deities; ensuring that, as with any given member of the clan, they are to remain happy and at peace at all times, thus avoiding the probability of future illness or, in extreme cases, death. Whilst obeying cultural taboo is, of course, first and foremost in achieving this – including the requisite of them sharing all food equally, it’s also required that, after a lengthy ritual justifying the need and importance for doing so, pig and/or chicken be sacrificed during ceremony. Which, together with items gifted to a particular (spiritual) space within the Uma (Bakakat saila), are among the important offerings gestured to please the spirits. Quite interestingly, during these traditional ceremonies, which can span anywhere from one day (minor healing) to over an entire month (Sikerei inaugurations), it’s not uncommon to see the spirits enter the body of those partaking, evoking a possessed like state (Gobok) – as seen in the clip below. In conclusion, though, I’d like to mention that, despite what may be perceived for some as seemingly unconventional practice, this system of cultural belief (Arat Sabulungan), implemented by the forefathers of Mentawai and maintained over thousands of years, fundamentally, seeks to achieve a purpose no different to that of the many other variations established throughout time. Which, quite simply, is to ensure that, by sustaining a peaceful balance between the people and their natural environment, the safety and protection for their health and well-being will always remain… a system which, noted by their current and continued existence as such today, may hold some merit.

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