“The Grief of Clinging to a Home That Will Inevitably Disappear” | VIDEO

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NOWNESS – In central Java, Indonesia’s most populous island, human manipulation of the environment has caused coastal villages to begin to sink into the sea. Although the area has become increasingly unliveable, most residents still remain, clinging to the final vestiges of what is left of their communities..

The grief of clinging to a home that will inevitably disappear

Filmmakers Marc Aziz Ressang & Nathaniel Brown worked with dancer and choreographer Siko Setyanto to create ‘Leleb’ (‘sinking’ or ‘drowning’ in Javanese) – a project about the futility and visceral grief of clinging to a home that will inevitably disappear.

In central Java, Indonesia’s most populous island, human manipulation of the environment has caused coastal villages to begin to sink into the sea. Although the area has become increasingly unliveable, most residents still remain, clinging to the final vestiges of what is left of their communities.

Working alongside Javanese dancer Siko Setyanto and soundtracked by the experimental Javanese band Senyawa, Leleb seeks to be an intimate portrait of resilience and a reminder of the difficult and sometimes painful relationship between humanity and the space it occupies.

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