Since first arriving on the Mentawai archipelago in 2008, film maker Rob Henry has been documenting one of the last remaining ancient tribal cultures in the world. What initially began as a curious journey of anthropological fieldwork has since evolved into a deeply personal & captivating medley of film, kinship & a vision to help raise awareness for a community on the precipice of extinction.
The Bui Mareureu Baap : As Worlds Divide documentary film identifies a fundamental correlation between a previously flourishing tribal culture & the impact of Western modernity. The film, together with the recently established not-for-profit IEF organisation (Indigenous Education Foundation) aims to raise awareness & support for a community based indigenous education model, critical to preserving the legacy of this truly extraordinary ancient civilisation.
Pending release of the Bui Mareureu Baap film, you can pledge your support for the 'Suku Mentawai Education Program' through donation or purchase of a 100% organic cotton IEF T-shirt, printed in Australia.
Image: Rob Henry | As Worlds Divide