Laut Bercermin – Film Screening
6pm 30th August – NFSA
Balai Bahasa Indonesia (ACT) is organising a by-invitation screening of a recent critically-acclaimed Indonesian film, ‘The Mirror Never Lies’ (Laut Bercermin), by one of Indonesia’s emerging women directors, Kamila Andini.
The Mirror Never Lies is filmed in Wakatobi, a tiny archipelagic regency off the coast of Southeast Sulawesi in eastern Indonesia. The film tells the tale of a mother and daughters’ response to a tragedy at sea and beautifully combines a portrayal of the culture of the Bajo people, known as Indonesia’s ‘Sea Gypsies’, with breathtaking underwater cinematography that shows the natural wonder of the marine environment. The film was jointly funded by the WWF and the Wakatobi local government.
The screening will take place at the National Film and Sound Archive in Acton on Wednesday, 30 August 2017. The Indonesian Ambassador has kindly agreed to introduce the film and there will be a complimentary light meal before the screening. For further details and to obtain an invitation , please contact Heath McMichael at firstname.lastname@example.org
On 22 May 2017, BBI (ACT) Board members farewelled Bpk Ronny Nur, the Indonesian Embassy’s Cultural Attache at a dinner in Canberra. Pak Ronny, a member of the BBI (ACT) Board, was praised for his energetic efforts to promote the teaching of Indonesian in schools and universities in the ACT and throughout Australia. BBI (ACT) Chair, Heath McMichael, thanked Pak Ronny for his efforts in support of BBI (ACT)’s mandate to foster the learning of Indonesian and understanding of Indonesian culture within the broad community. Heath noted Pak Ronny had lent BBI (ACT) valuable assistance in organising events at the Embassy’s Balai Kartini, for example, the Women in Poetry evening in 2014 and dinners for Indonesian language teachers in 2015 and 2016. Vice Chair, George Quinn, said Pak Ronny’s contribution to a deeper understanding of Indonesian culture within Australia were recognised throughout Australia. Board member, Amrih Widodo, said Pak Ronny, a trained scientist, had set a very high benchmark for future Cultural Attaches at the Indonesian Embassy. All board members wished Pak Ronny well in his new role at the Agriculture Institute in Bogor. In thanking the Board, Pak Ronny said he regarded Australia with great warmth as his second home. He looked forward to visiting Canberra from time to time when he visited Armidale in NSW as a visiting professor at the University of New England.
Selamat jalan Pak Ronny!
BBI (ACT) Board members farewell Pak Ronny
Pak Ronny saying farewell to Board members
Warren Midgley, Associated Professor of Applied Linguistics at the University of Southern Queensland has written an interesting article comparing the learning of Indonesian in Australian schools with other languages available on the curriculum. Please see this link. 170324 What languages should children be learning
We’d like to let our members and followers know about this production.
The Age of Bones (Jaman Belulang) is an incredible new Australian/Indonesian theatre show being presented at Gorman Arts Centre from 8-11 March.
The show follows the fantastical story of an Indonesian boy, Ikan who goes fishing one day and fails to return home. Assuming the worst, his parents hire a legendary seafarer to look for his corpse. He finds nothing. The Age of Bones traces what happened to Ikan – from the day he left to his eventual imprisonment in Australia and his fight to return home. This is a heartfelt and darkly funny tale inspired by the real-life stories of 60 Indonesian boys imprisoned in Australia for working on refugee boats. The show is set under the ocean in an underwater court, realized through Indonesian shadow puppetry, music and digital projection. This timely and darkly funny production shines a light on a controversial chapter in Australia’s recent history – it’s significant that it is being presented in Canberra, the seat of our national government.
For those of you who know or have friends who speak Indonesian or have an interest in Indonesian culture, this is a bilingual production in English and Indonesian (with subtitles) featuring a cast of Indonesian and Australian actors and includes some really amazing Indonesian shadow puppetry in a contemporary context. The show is definitely kid friendly, with lots of physical comedy and stunning visuals.
BBI(ACT) received the following information to pass on to its members.
My name is Steve Reynolds and I work for LTC Language Solutions, a full service language provider meeting language needs since 1992. We have an urgent need to contract with an Indonesian language/culture teacher for one expat USA student in Canberra.
Please pass this teaching opportunity on to anyone in your extended network that might be qualified and interested.
What: 168 hour contract – beginning level Indonesian language / culture for one adult student
Where: Private office provided in Government facility in Canberra
When: Daily – Monday through Friday – total of 24 days of teaching
Time: 8:00 am through 4:00 pm (one hour lunch)
Starting Date: 21 February through 24 March, 2017
Requirements: Teacher must be native Indonesian speaker with teaching experience
Pay: $4,200 US Dollars total pay ($20 to $25 US Dollars per hour – negotiable depending on experience)
Materials: Provided for teacher and student
Please forward your CV and contact information so we can set up a skype or phone interview ASAP. Thanks!
Steve Reynolds ǀ Language Training Coordinator
5750 Castle Creek Parkway, Suite 487
Indianapolis, IN 46250
P: 317.578.1661 ǀ 888.456.1626
GSA Contract Number: GS-10F-109BA
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