5 Islands / 5 Villages
5 Islands / 5 Villages

5 Islands 5 Villages

5 Islands / 5 Villages

10 Filmmakers
10 realities far off Indonesia’s and Germany’s urban centers

Comprising more than 16,000 islands, the Indonesian archipelago extends some 5,000 km from east to west. Accepting an invitation from the Goethe-Institut Indonesia, young filmmakers from the University of Fine Arts Hamburg (HFBK) immersed themselves in life on five of these very different islands in March 2016. They were accompanied by young cultural anthropologists from Universitas Indonesia. During their stay, they made films based on their individual observations and personal encounters – films that are as diverse as their own views of the islands, and indeed as diverse as the islands themselves. The filmmakers get up close and personal, take their time, trust their own eyes and truly engage with the situations, people and images they depict. The result is a panorama of synchrony and diversity. 
The 5 Islands were developed in cooperation with Universitas Indonesia as part of the project 5 Islands / 5 Villages of the Goethe-Institut and the University of Fine Arts Hamburg. The project explores different ways of viewing periphery and distance, time and temporality through the medium of documentary filmmaking.

During the second phase of the project, the 5 Villages, Goethe-Institut and HFBK together with In-Docs are inviting five Indonesian filmmakers to spend a short time living and working in various villages in Germany. Pepe Danquart, filmmaker and professor of documentary film at the University of Fine Arts Hamburg and Bernd Schoch, filmmaker and former artistic assistant at the University of Fine Arts Hamburg, supervise and provide artistic support to all the filmmakers of the 5 Islands / 5 Villages project during the development of their films.

  • © Udy Tawari, Jailolo © Udy Tawari, Jailolo
  • © Udy Tawari, Jailolo © Udy Tawari, Jailolo
  •  © Bernd Schoch, Makasar © Bernd Schoch, Makasar
  •  © Udy Tawari, Jailolo © Udy Tawari, Jailolo
  • © Bernd Schoch, Makasar © Bernd Schoch, Makasar
  • © Bernd Schoch © Bernd Schoch
  •  © Yannick Kaftan © Yannick Kaftan

The short documentaries & the directors

Wangi-Wangi Island, Wakatobi. Two boats. Fishermen from the Bajo village Mola follow their daily business. On this day they are stuck in the middle of the sea. The sun is blazing. The motor needs to be fixed. Who can help out? On another boat, two women on their way to the market delivering fish.

In Conversation with Yanick Kaftan
Bobanehena, Halmahera Island, North Maluku. A woman hangs the laundry out to dry onto a hand-made construction of bamboo sticks and ropes. The atmosphere of the village Bobanehena is shaped by the peoples' daily work routines, through the strong faith and through the problems associated with this area.
Ba'a, Rote Island, East Nusa Tenggara. Midnight until sunrise. Motorbikes pass and people begin to gather along a dark boulevard to the hum of a generator. Torch-lit activity and distant lights observed in expectation. Filmed over several nights the film follows the men and women waiting for the fishing boats to return from sea. 
Lingat and Adaut, Selaru Island, South Maluku. In the far south of Indonesia we follow those healing and those looking for a cure: a traditional shaman, a midwife, a priest, a business-minded veteran and their nightmares. “Adat”, the traditional order of being, the divine and the evil forces and modern phenomena, like western economy and conventional medicine, are in a constant state of dialogue.
Sumba Island, East Nusa Tenggara. Reda Mata follows a funeral in the Marapu tradition, one of the last surviving megalithic burial practices. The priests meet to discuss matters of the dead. Kids play the gong. Relatives bring buffalos to sacrifice. The deceased is put to rest in a large tomb, the gateway for the soul to enter the spirit realm.