Jakarta. A two-part documentary short film produced by Tanakhir Films was presented at an event opened with poetry readings by Indonesian actresses and artists, in Central Jakarta on May 10. "The Woven Path: Perempuan Tana Humba" is the fifth documentary by Lasja F. Susatyo. The 10-minute-long "The Woven Path" is a film about two poems titled "Mother" by poets from two different generations – Diana Timoria and Umbu Landu Paranggi – while the 30-minute-long "Perempuan Tana Humba" ("Women of Humba") deals with the traditions and culture of Sumba Island in East Nusa Tenggara. "I'm always in love with Tana Humba. Its nature, its weaving, its people and its culture. So when Lasja proposed this film idea, I immediately agreed. I hope these films can show how beautiful Sumba is, and also start a discussion on the position of women there," film producer Mandy Marahimin said. The films consist of three rounds: "Marapu," "Belis" ("Dowry") and "Perkawinan" … [Read more...] about Documentary Explores Role of Women in Sumba Traditions
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By Chris Klimek Opinion Emile Therien Opinion Tues., May 14, 2019 The Ontario government is looking at raising the speed limit on 400-series highways to 120 km/h. Chris Klimek, founder and director of advocacy group stop100.ca, argues this is a good idea, while Emile Therien, public health and safety advocate insists it is not. Speed limits should be apolitical and set by trained engineers. Public feedback is best solicited by observing the actual speeds drivers drive, using an engineering speed study. Engineers conduct a speed study and determine the speed not exceeded by a supermajority of drivers, known as the 85th percentile. This engineering guideline has been used around the world to set safe speed limits for about 70 years — with stellar results. More than 60 countries and states around the world post 120- and 130-km/h speed limits on their divided highways. Article Continued Below My organization, stop100.ca, obtained two sets of data showing … [Read more...] about Should Ontario raise speed limits on major highways?
While the horror-days of March and April are behind us, pollution continues to be a massive concern. As the PM2.5 pollution levels drop from the dizzyingly dangerous highs of nearly 500 to a still definitely hazardous 170 last week, we mustn’t become complacent. Especially as we know that it will come back again next year, and the year after, and again after that. Those who can afford to leave, have left. The rest of us sit here feeling helpless, redundant, frustrated, aggrieved and fearful for our health and those of our loved ones. I have heard tales of dozens upon dozens of expat families packing up and leaving, vowing never to return. This is happening every single day. International schools are certainly feeling the loss. A half a billion baht investor in a retirement home also pulled the plug last month, deciding to put their money, and retirees, in cleaner climes. The rich – Thai and foreign– have all made pledges to evacuate to fresher air for two to four … [Read more...] about Enough is enough: Northerners must demand the right to breathe
Sansiri joins such famous brands as Gucci, Louis Vuitton, H&M and Microsoft among partners of the United Nations children’swelfare agency. The stars of “Sansiri: The Art of Joy” were its Social Change Ambassadors, Kavita “Pleang” Chindawath, Pitta Na Patalung and Sornsin “Manow” Maneewan. They and others set out to raise awareness and encourage people to provide opportunities to underprivileged children, beginning with an auction of pattern designs and illustrations by Belgian artist Sarah Corynen. The child-like artworks done with pencils and markers are vividly coloured, representing liveliness and youthful imagination. Among the winners was Chaiwat Nantiruj, CEO of Eka Pak, who took home “Firework Bird”. “I love art auctions,” he said. “Every piece has its own value. I bid for ‘Firework Bird’ because my daughter loves animals. The auction to help … [Read more...] about Sansiri turns art into joy for Unicef
Over 70 independent art professionals from across Asia Pacific nominated 400 mid-career artists, hailing from 28 countries, for the prize. A total of 19 countries are represented amongst the 30 finalists, making it the most geographically diverse shortlist in the history of the award. This edition also sees the launch of a brand-new award, the Vogue Hong Kong Women’s Art Prize, to be presented in partnership with the newly launched Vogue Hong Kong that will see US$5,000 (Bt160,000) awarded to the highest scoring female artist in the competition (except for the Grand Prize Winner). The entries were shortlisted by an international panel of art specialists, including writer, curator and museum director David Elliott; Jan Dalley, Arts Editor of the i; Mami Kataoka, Deputy Director and Chief Curator at Mori Art Museum, Tokyo; Hong Kong architect, artist and educator William Lim; and internationally renowned artist Zhang Huan. Nominators are typically art critics, lecturers and … [Read more...] about Emerging artists battle it out for prestigious Asian prize