Film Screening: Stori Tumbuna: Ancestors’ Tales
Where: IU Cinema
When: Monday Nov. 26th, 2:00pm
Directed by: Paul Wolffram
Wolffram, a New Zealand ethnomusicologist and film maker, will be introducing the film and responding to questions following the screening. His campus visit is sponsored by IDAH and the Media Preservation initiative, under the Office of the Vice Provost for Research.
“This is a story of the Lak people. It‘s also a story of how I came to know the people of the region and how my story became forever woven into their own… I was to become enmeshed in events that resulted in bloodshed and death. What’s more, I was held responsible.”
See the trailer.
Stori Tumbuna: Ancestors’ Tales is a feature length ethnographic documentary based in the remote region of Southern New Ireland, Papua New Guinea. The film focuses on the lives, culture, and mythologies of people of the Lak region, and is a collaboration between the Lak and ethnomusicologist Paul Wolffram, who shot the film while living among them for over two years.
Conceived as an opportunity for the Lak to tell their stories in their way, the film takes its structure from the traditional mythologies of the region. Unlike films based on the lives of traditional communities and told from the point of view of an outsider, Stori Tumbuna: Ancestors’ Tales adopts indigenous narrative structures, and presents a collaborative account that privileges local points of view and the Lak ethos.
“I know of no more successful or ingenious film that draws the viewer into another life-world while keeping faith with the tenor of its traditional narratives and respecting the lived experience of his/her interlocutors.“ Michael Jackson, Harvard University
See slideshow of images from the film.
Paul Wolffram has a PhD in ethnomusicology from the New Zealand School of Music. He is a photographer and film maker currently working at Victoria University of Wellington Film Program, New Zealand.
Wolffram’s collection of annotated ethnographic field videos of the Lak people may also be viewed in the publications of the EVIA Digital Archive Project.