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On location in Bali, Indonesia with Filmmaker Bob Bryan exploring and documenting the Captivating, Amazing and Magical Indonesian, Paradise.

GV14 MYTH MAGIC & RITUALS Produced, Directed, Written, Shot & Narrated Filmmaker by Bob Bryan Running Time: 76 mins.

BARONG DANCE For the Balinese people, THE BARONG DANCE is one of the most celebrated Dance Rituals found in Bali, Indonesia. It is a dramatic Art Offering paying homage to God through the beauty of music and movement. Barong in Balinese Mythology is considered the king of spirits. the embodiment of Good.Rangda embodies the opposing destructive forces associated with Black Magic and Dark Spirits.

CREMATION CEREMONY Death is not the End! The Balinese are a very religious people who believe that "the cycle of life does not end with the shedding or Death of our temporal selves...our bodies. Rather, they believe that the dearly departed's spirit will return to earth embodying another human being. This return is called Reincarnation. Experience the preparations and execution of this fascinating cultural Ritual and Reality.

KECAK DANCE Conceptualized as a TRANCE RITUAL the 80 plus men raise their hands up over their heads, flexing their fingers like fire-flames, all the while chanting cak ke-cak kec-cak. Pronounced Ketjack or keh-chanhk. Once in a trance-like state they are said to be communicating with their God or Ancestor s Spirits. Storytellers recite specific stories taken from the epic The Ramayana the great Hindu Holy Book, while the Dancer-Actors play it out in unforgettable dramatic, & magical performances.

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Love it. I have long wanted to visit Bali -a Buddhist enclave in the midst of Hinduism.

And such beautiful daily rituals like offering flowers and food to the gods every morning. Thanks for sharing. --Mary Virginia

Have you ever wanted to take a trip to a foreign country to become immersed in their culture, but didn t have the money? Come with filmmaker Bob Bryan as he narrates these magical ceremonial rituals of Bali, Indonesia, in his fascinating new production Graffiti Verité 14 (GV14) Myth, Magic, & Rituals.

While many stories about Bali are oftentimes depicted on western stages, in romantic plays or in movies with actors using dialogue, yet none are quite as expressively and elaborately told as the stories told by the Balinese people themselves.

The colors and costumes used are richly designed and detailed, using a variety of colors and ornamentations. They symbolically represent similar stories associated and connected to other Asian cultures. Few, if any, words are spoken as it is all represented by the talented Kamelan musicians and/or with a continuous chorus of trance-like chanting and singing. These are tales of good triumphing over evil, bold rescues of beautiful Princesses by handsome Princes, and other classic themes. The costumes themselves represent the beautiful Princesses, handsome Princes, scary evil Spirits, and powerful royal Kings.

Keep in mind that the Balinese have a totally different idea and standard of beauty than we do in this country. It is interesting, as well as educational for me to experience their culture expressed through these intricately foreign& concepts. The wonder of the presentations are that no words are spoken, so the audience must either know or divine their classic themes exclusively through the emotional musical changes or the Principles on-stage physical mimed actions. In the Barong Dance, the costumes are exquisitely detailed and multi-colored, with jewels, and richly woven materials, yet the sets are not elaborate, but minimal.

The Dancers that fascinated me the most are the strikingly beautiful Indonesian women with stunning makeup and multi-jeweled headdresses. Their delicate hand and dance movements have been taught to them as young girls and each refined subtle movement or gesture is uniquely expressive of some aspect of their magnificent culture. Some of the delicate and refined movements used by the Legong Dancers remind me of those physical expressions used by Olympic figure skaters in their wonderful routines.

Within the body of the Barong Dance, Princesses are held captive, kidnapped by evil spirits, defended, and finally rescued. Local Musicians play a variety of classic Balinese ethno-centric indigenous instruments characteristic of the Indonesian culture. These instruments include drums, cymbals, stringed instruments, accompanying the dancers and the other amazing characters in the unfolding dramas.

How would you like to be remembered after you die?

The second part of GV14 is the funeral and cremation ritual. This ceremony held my interest for a number of reasons. Here in the USA, death and funerals are such sad, private affairs. Indonesians make death and cremation a public, day-long joyful event. While there is certainly sadness associated with death, in Bali the passing process is more of a Celebration of Life, rather than the dark sadness that we, here in the west, normally associate with death and dying. The belief in Reincarnation is the key to understanding why sadness and gloom are not the primary overriding emotional color.

Here in Bali, during the Cremation Ritual, we find vendors selling food and handmade items, tourists taking photos, children playing, & the gaily decorated bull Sarcophagus sits where everyone can see it, on an elaborately decorated bamboo platform, in the Public Square, in the heart of the village. The full-day ceremony is certainly not without sober respect; the mini-procession of the widow (of the deceased) does not appear until the major procession is ... --Michelle Angellini

Wow, that looks great, bob. what a great place to film, too. Congrats on getting another informative doc out there! --Kira Scurro

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  • Actors: Balinese
  • Directors: Bob Bryan
  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: Bryan World Productions
  • DVD Release Date: March 4, 2015
  • Run Time: 76 minutes
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  • ASIN: B00U9QSQ5Q
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