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Kelabit Highlands Project, Sarawak (Borneo), Malaysia.
This is unique opportunity to make a documentary film in another country.
The project will work along side and contribute to the development of a proposed ‘museum’ for the Kelabit community in Bario. It will document the field school being run by the Cultural Heritage Centre for Asia and the Pacific that will plan the museum and it will document aspects of traditional Kelibit culture that the Bario community wishes to preserve.
The Kelabits were headhunters until the advent of Christianity in the1930s.
During World War II they held out against the Japanese invasion and in the 1960s, the Kelabit fought against the Indonesians (Confrantasi) who live just across the nearby border in Kalimantan.
The Kelabit Highlands is a virtually isolated highland plateau over 1,000m high. The plateau's near-impregnable ring of mountains effectively cut the Kelabit off from the outside world. It lies between the Tama Abu Range and Apo Duat Range on the Sarawak-Kalimantan border.
There are 14 Kelabit Villages in the highlands. Bario is the centre of 7 of them with a population of 900.
This international documentary project will take 6 students from Film. It will be undertaken in ACM337 Study Tour and International Project and be worth 1 Credit Point.
Coordinator is Simon Wilmot.
When:16-30 June 2012 (to be confirmed)
Cost: Approximate cost of $3,000
Students should have already completed ACM217 Documentary Production Practice.