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PostPosted: Wed Oct 29, 2014 8:36 pm 

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My film about Batak weaving is showing this year at the 8th Native Spirit Film Festival in London on Saturday 1 November at 2pm at SOAS School of Oriental & African Studies. The full title of the film is: Rangsa ni Tonun: Sacred Batak Weaving.

"About the ancient, Batak (North Sumatra, Indonesia) weaving tradition based on a shamanic text written in 1872. Part myth, part legend, and deploying poetic language, the text describes the work of Si Boru Hasagian, the first weaver from whom all Batak weavers are believed to descend, thus connecting weaving with the spirit world."

The film will be shown on the Lower Ground in Room LG67.

This is the link to the program

I made the film with the help of the Javanese poet/photographer MJA Nashir between 2010 and 2013. Villagers are the actors in the film. Making the film required reviving certain forgotten aspects of the Batak weaving tradition. The book that I wrote about the film is available in English from me for 25 euro plus postage. Just contact me through this forum or through my email

Sandra Niessen

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