From Makassar with video
So, when we were presented with the challenge of conducting a workshop in Makassar, we gladly responded it. However, all the usual questions came to mind. Is it true that Makassarian's are rude? Is the sunset really beautiful? Is it true the food there is just so good?
Day one we were welcomed by Anata's smile at the airport. We met Anata at Camp Sambel. She promised to accompany us in Makassar and we were really pleased to see her cheerful face on our arrival. At that point question one was deleted. Instantly. The belief that Makassar is a place of rude folks is entirely exaggerated. The next day we found that the sunset was beautiful too and we spent everyday with excellent food.
Enough about food and sunsets, let's talk about our work there. Everyday we met new people. From the youth with their vast curiosity to the seasoned activists who have spent years dealing with environmental and social justice issues in and around Makassar.
We found many social problems in Sulawesi. Labour disputes and lack of infrastructure being two of the more prominent. The Indonesian government has paid too much attention to Java and little on its other island territories. Our new friends shared with us stories of the culture that have not been properly documented, opening our eyes to our brothers and sisters across the Banda Sea.
Makassar's smile is too big to be called rude. The energy, to tell you the truth, is too immense to be described as anything but dynamic. Makassar is big, too big to know its full power within a week.
For a taste of what Makassar can be, we have a selection of videos produced by our friends there, to open our mind a little bit about another island across the sea. We've also included some videos about another region outside Sulawesi:
BOMAR / Dur: 19:38 / A documentary about factory workers' struggle at PT. Bogasari Marinusa, Makassar, South Sulawesi. https://www.engagemedia.org/Members/imasusila/videos/bomar.mpg
SENANG SENANG DI JALAN (BEING HAPPY ON THE STREET) / Dur: 03:10 / An alternative street action.
JANTUNG SULAWESI (HEART OF SULAWESI) / Dur: 16:23 / Tokalekaju is the last area in the inner Sulawesi that still has forests, savannah, water resources, and paddy fields. This place has been protected by two indigenous tribes, the Toseko and the Torampi. However, for many years, mining companies have tried to enter this territory and to take over the land. http://www.engagemedia.org/Members/rudyasho/videos/jantung%20sulawesi.mpg/view
BRIKET ARANG TORAJA / Dur: 21:58 / People from Tana Toraja made charcoal briquettes, utilizing waste from the surrounding areas. This effort was facilitated by the Village Women's Guild Foundation (YPPK). In this way they're making environmentally friendly alternative energy. http://www.engagemedia.org/Members/rudyasho/videos/BriketArangToraja.mpg/view
MASALATA CIKA (These are our issues guys) / Dur: 10:50 / An illustration from subjective perspective. A program from a private radio station in Makassar that discusses the problems found in our public spaces.
LANTING PART 1 / Dur: 22:31 / Stories about the social lives of people in West Kalimantan, who live in houses near the Kapuas River. These houses are also known as Lanting.
LANTING PART 2 / Dur: 19:32 / Stories about the social lives of people in West Kalimantan, who live in houses near the Kapuas River. These houses are also known as Lanting.
13 PAMALI DI RUMAHKU / Dur: 04:59 / Video about 'pamali' (something that you must not do for cultural reason) in Makassar and the response of teenagers about it in their own house.
Written by: Nova and Yerry
Edited by: Andrew Garton