maandag 2 november 2009

Rufus Saati

Film van Wiek Lenssen:


RUFUS SAATI THE SPIRITS HAVE GONE
Every tree here in the jungle is related to our ancestors. When all of that disappeares, then the basis of life in Asmat has gone too. And then I wont have a basis myself anymore...(Rufus Sisumur Saati)


These are the words of a remarkable Papuan artist, who is living in the vast jungle of West Papua. His daily struggle to maintain the nature and culture of the Asmat rainforest is depicted in this documentary:

RUFUS SAATI, THE SPIRITS HAVE GONE

RUFUS is an Asmat Papuan and a sculptural artist. Out of the trees in the jungle he shapes his statues of wood, following ancient Asmat traditions. But his works also contain important messages for the future: the importance of maintaining the delicate balance in nature, and of maintaining the meaningful values of the Asmat culture. As an artist, these are the ideas he wants to pass on to next generations.

RUFUS SISUMUR SAATI: from an Asmat point of view , life is a circel, instead of a line. During the Feast of the Spirits the spirit of the deceased SAATI enters the body of Rufus Sisumur. Only a few decades ago Saati was one of the most notorious headhunters of the big Pomatsj river. Rufus tribe believes Saati has returned to Asmat, embodied by Rufus Sisumur. In the same way Saati once lead the people in their wars, Rufus is leading his people in the battle against the destruction of the rainforest: against the commercial lumbering in the area.


Link to website: www.wieklenssenfilm.nl

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