Tajen: Interactive

Cockfighting is an ancient and controversial blood sport practiced around the world. Tajen: Interactive, a web documentary made by visual anthropologists, uses different modes of representation to evoke and explain the cultural, historical, and psychological aspects of cockfighting in Negara, Bali.

Sensory ethnography allows an uninterrupted flow of sights and sounds. Expository documentary uses traditional interview and b-roll to delve into personal opinion. Creative shorts using mixed media, kinetic animation, and whiteboard drawings bring relevant concepts to life. This diverse approach entertains and educates as viewers navigate the material and create their own interactive journey through the world of cockfighting.

  • Robert Lemelson
  • Briana Young
  • Robert Lemelson
  • Annie Tucker
  • Briana Young
  • Briana Young
  • Yee Ie
    UI/UX Designer
  • Irine Prastio
    Graphic Designer
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Experimental, Web / New Media
  • Genres:
    Ethnography, interactive
  • Runtime:
    1 hour
  • Completion Date:
    December 31, 2018
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    Indonesia, United States
  • Language:
    English, Indonesian
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Director Biography - Robert Lemelson, Briana Young

Robert Lemelson is a cultural anthropologist, ethnographic filmmaker and philanthropist. Lemelson received his M.A. from the University of Chicago and Ph.D. from the Department of Anthropology at UCLA. Lemelson’s area of specialty is transcultural psychiatry; Southeast Asian Studies, particularly Indonesia; and psychological and medical anthropology. He currently is a research anthropologist in the Semel Institute of Neuroscience UCLA, and an adjunct professor of Anthropology at UCLA.

Briana Young is a visual anthropologist and award-winning documentary filmmaker. She has worked on the Emmy-nominated documentary Superheroes, directed and produced a series of videos for Novica in association with National Geographic, and has produced, directed, and filmed in over 35 countries around the world from the Galapagos Islands to Nepal.

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