Cowboys in Paradise · Bali: Body and Spirit · Jalan Ayam
on Saturday, October 4, 2014 at 4:00 pm.
at the Variety Club Screening Room, 582 Market Street, San Francisco, California.
(a few steps from Montgomery BART station)
Cowboys in Paradise
2009, 82 minutes in Indonesian and English with English Subtitles
A documentary film by Amit Virmani
Thousands of women travel to Bali each year in search of paradise. And many find it in the arms of the Kuta Cowboys. Masters at peddling the holiday-romance concoction. Learn what separates the Cowboys from the garden-variety gigolos. Discover how chance encounters on the beach have major ramifications for an entire economy. And witness why Paradise, once a Cowboy's most useful ally, is always elsewhere.
The film also charts the typical trajectory of a Cowboy's life, from entry into beach life to his reign at the top of the tourist industry chain, before following his heartbreaking descent into obsolescence. By the end, the myth of paradise is shattered and the viewer is presented with a more realistic proposition- Paradise is always elsewhere.
The controversial film was featured on CNN, BBC and various international media, and is regarded as a valuable counterpoint to "Eat, Pray, Love".
Bali: Body and Spirit
2012, 24 minutes in Indonesian, Balinese and English with English Subtitles
A documentary film by Henry Young
This film is a journey into the life of Ni Ketut Trima, a young Balinese girl whose fate brought her to America, only to return to Bali for the cremation of her father and her mother when two months prior to the cremation, her mother suddenly passes away. This film gives viewers a fascinating glimpse of the Balinese traditional elaborate cremation ceremonies in which remains are exhumed, burned and cast into the ocean so that their spirits are free to reincarnate.
Jalan Ayam (The Chicken Road)
2014, 3 minutes in Indonesian and English with English subtitles.
A documentary short film by Tim Barretto and Ben Mortley
On rural Indonesian roads, chickens have the right of way. A young Australian traveler accidentally kills a chicken, and it sets him on a journey where he learns a few of the finer details of rural culture in West Java. After the case of mistaken identity in a local restaurant, the traveler tries to escape his responsibilities again, but this time "Javanese Chicken Karma" steps in.