Of the Dancing Leaves
Digdaya Ing Bebaya
Of the Dancing LeavesBW Purba Negara // Indonesia // 2014 // 16 min // Original with English sub. // SU

My Forest, My River, My Mountain
Thu, 24 Apr • TIM XXI 3 • 19:00*
Sat, 26 Apr • Kineforum TIM • 15:00*
*Q&A with BW Purbanegara the director of Of the Dancing Leaves after screening

A new vegetation of pegagan (Cantella asiatica) grows massively after the 2010 Merapi eruption. It is harvested and consumed mostly by the elders of the villages as a traditional herb. It can also be dried and sold outside the area. The film follows a one-day journey of three Kalitengah Lor elders as they harvest pegagan leaves. While spending time together on the road, they share their past experiences about the Merapi eruption and their reasons for refusing the government’s relocation program.

Born in Sleman, Yogyakarta, Indonesia, BW Purba Negara is a graduate of the Faculty of Philosophy at Gadjah Mada University. Completely self-trained, he co-founded the production house Limaenam Films and has made several documentaries and shorts under its banner.