Bali Indigenous Film Festival co-founder David Metcalf talks agency through art and the power of storytelling ahead of our first monthly film screening
In an ever-changing cultural and political landscape, images possess the power to serve as catalysts for new conversations and perspectives. Sharing this belief are Emmanuela Shinta, a young Dayak filmmaker and founder of the Ranu Welum Foundation, and Wellington-born professional photographer David Metcalf, who joined forces last year to create the first-ever Bali Indigenous Film Festival.
The festival, now going into its second edition this May, gives agency to the archipelago’s indigenous cultures (and beyond) by sharing their work while providing a gathering place for their filmmakers to meet, collaborate and inspire each other. As a brand steeped in the preservation of Indonesia’s ancient crafts, culture and traditions, Potato Head finds a kindred spirit in the festival’s mission and has teamed up to host a monthly programme showcasing the films.
Ahead of our first screening of Jeffrey Wium’s “Wisdomkeepers, Paqo Andino”—a story revealing the heart, intelligence and celestially integrated ways of the Andean Holy Mountain Tradition—we checked in with David to learn more about their efforts.