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RASA a film by Brune Charvin

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MOVIE - RASA, September 2015

OUT - NOVEMBER 2015

GENRE - SHORT DOCUMENTARY, 15min

DIRECTOR - BRUNE CHARVIN

PRODUCER - ANDI MUHAMMAD REDO

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR - MD. AKBAR

RASA is a creative documentary on the traditional dance/ritual Pakarena, originating from South Sulawesi, Indonesia. Whilst learning about an ancestral knowledge whose origins, despite the research, remains hidden, we also leave South Sulawesi to reach a common, universal ground that tells us about women's will, beauty and strength.


My discovery of Pakarena in June 2013 profoundly impacted on my knowledge as a performer, my vision as a filmmaker and mainly my life as a woman.

I first met with a not-widely-known, aesthetically striking practice with a historical, social, educational and spiritual purpose that has the potential to bring novelty and excitement to the whole world. What followed was the life-changing decision to move to the country that houses it. 

I have lived in a country facing a drastic economic, political and cultural change and I have seen in the people what Pakarena, as a traditional art form, is confronted with: extinction.

 “No society will endure unless it is supported by spiritual strength grounded in rich cultural skills.”
President Sukawati, head of the state of Eastern Indonesia, in 1949.

Yet Pakarena has proven in the past to be able to adapt and allow change. Through its constant renewal, I can see one of the most overwhelming aspects of any strong social art, a reflection of the principles of life itself.

I see this film as the next renewal. It is imperative for the people to have proof that there is room for their traditions in today’s world: so, in a modern medium with an up-to date style, I can show Pakarena’s philosophy has a place today. I can show not only Indonesia but the world that art does not belong to the past, but to the future.


Brune Charvin (Director)