The 'As Worlds Divide' film documents the ancient Indonesian Mentawai tribe.
Australian surfer and documentary film maker, Rob Henry, spent the last nine years living among the Mentawai people, an ancient forest dwelling tribe whose way of life depends solely on the forest and natures provisions.
Situated 150km off the coast of West Sumatra, Indonesia, Mentawai is a renowned location for surfers worldwide.
“I was intrigued by the Mentawai people, their level of freedom and happiness, and wanted to understand what they were doing differently to us.” Rob said.
“At the same time, I also found that the Mentawai faced their own challenges – how to maintain their language, culture and identity in the face of increasing commercialisation and acculturation.”
During his stay in the Mentawai Islands, Rob learnt the local language and immersed himself in the Mentawai’s everyday living. He also made a documentary film as part of a plan to assist the Mentawai in maintaining their culture.
The documentary is scheduled to screen at the Avalon Bowling Club on Saturday July 15, 2017 at 7pm. The evening will be accompained by a live performance from The Red Herrings and special guest musicians.
“Our goal is to raise $1 million for indigenous education. ‘#wafsac – Watch a film, save a culture’ is our rallying call. The money raised will allow the Mentawai to deliver their 10-year Cultural and Environmental Education Program (CEEP) implementation strategy.
The Indigenous Education Foundation #wafsac campaign and As Worlds Divide film has screened to sellout crowds in Melbourne, Torquay, Sydney and up the NSW coast, and is now scheduled to screen at the Avalon Bowling Club on Saturday July 15, 2017 at 7pm.