In this age where modernism has infiltrated indigenous communities in many ways, there is a big gap between the youth and the elders which leads to a disconnection of younger generation to their cultures. On the other hand, industrialization that occurs rapidly following the infrastructure building in the areas of indigenous communities and causes the big loss of the forest has been threatening the lives and existence of Dayak people in Kalimantan, Indonesia.

Since being established in 2014, RANU WELUM has helped young people learn about film/video making and develop their skills in media (shooting, editing, even acting, etc). More than 100 young filmmakers/videomakers have been trained and more than 20 short films, documentary films and videos have been produced in past 4 years.

These films and videos have been screened publicly in Palangka Raya and film festivals. Some also have been screened regionally in many South East Asian events and programs, including our latest documentary entitled When Women Fight, which screened in Bali, Kuala Lumpur and Timor Leste. We also have successfully conducted our own Indigenous Film Festival in Bali and Kalimantan, and also Pop Up/Roadshow screening in different areas across Kalimantan island. It’s also a historic moment because for the first time films about indigenous people which produced by indigenous filmmaker was able to be screened in big cinema in Indonesia.

We believe this is a major move toward the transformation that we long to see. This is the time for the communities in Kalimantan to make their voices, stories, perspectives and wisdom to be listened in this country Indonesia and to the world through digital platform.

Our video works can be seen in Ranu Welum Youtube Channel.