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Kanu belong Keram

Kanu belong Keram is a document of the building of a canoe in the remote village Kambot. It is located at the jungle river Keram, which is a side stream of the great jungle river Sepik in Papua New Guinea. The building of a canoe can be seen as an example of the importance and greatness of community work. Just the strength of many people can achieve something so big and heavy. The indigene population is highly adapted to their environment. The strength of their bodies, the synchronization as a group and practical know how is compensating the lack of technical equipment. The hard work is manifested in their healthy physical appearance. The documentary is without comment but with statements of the appearing villagers. Their English skills is besides their 'Western' cloth an example of outside influence which reached even these very remote areas of our planet. The lifestyle of the remote villages may appear 'primitive' in the sense that they are missing hundreds of years of technical development, but this does not mean that they are feeling a lack of anything. In contrast it shows how much joy can be triggered in hard community work, in archiving something great as a group and by living in a strong link with nature. In contrast their fitness and their joy for life is an example of the wrong idea that 'development' leads automatically to more satisfaction.

  • Daniel von Rüdiger
  • Elizabeth Cox
  • Museum der Kulturen Basel
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Kanu belong Keram
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  • Genres:
    ethnological, documentary
  • Runtime:
    16 minutes 26 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    June 1, 2016
  • Country of Origin:
    Papua New Guinea
  • Country of Filming:
    Papua New Guinea
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  • Shooting Format:
    DSLR Digital
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  • Basel
    June 30, 2016
    Museum der Kulturen, Basel
Director Biography - Daniel von Rüdiger

Daniel von Rüdiger is a media artist and lecturer. His music visualizations were screened in international festivals and were awarded with the Visual Music Award in 2014. He works international as a documentary filmmaker for NGOs. His documentations were exhibited e.g. in the Gropius-Bau (Berlin) and Rietberg Museum (Zürich).
Currently, he is doing his PHD at the University of Art and Design Linz, comparing visual and acoustic rhythms by joining his two passions: music visualisation and social documentation.

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