You probably think you’ve seen it all before, don’t you? Well, we don’t blame you; with the explosion of videos that are coming out of Bali – each very beautiful with panning drone videos of padi fields and crashing waves – you may be hard to impress now. However, Suku Bali by Jonny Micay takes through a different lense, one with a shallow depth of field but a deep connection to the soul.
Over a 9-day trip with his father, Canadian Jonny Micay documents his journey through Bali, but whilst the breathtaking landscapes and the unique designs of the island’s temples were intriguing, it was really the people that caught his eye.
Suku is the word of “tribe” in Indonesian, hence the title of the video, “Suku Bali”, or the People/Tribe of Bali on which his video focuses mainly. “No matter how touristy some areas were, there were always many aspects of Balinese culture to be seen”, Jonny tells us at NOW!, “this could be as simple as walking down the beach in Jimbaran and seeing the fishermen unload their boats for the wet markets, or turning into a street in Ubud and stumble across a view of farmers working the fields.”
On top of daily life is of course the colourful displays of Balinese Hindu culture that one sees, from Balinese dance performances to the intricate ceremonies found all over the island. This is Bali’s “living culture”, the intangible elements that represent and help to identify a people and their ways.
Inspired by non-verbal documentaries such as ‘Baraka’ and ‘Balinese’, Suku Bali uses beautiful cinematography and music to create a positive, artistic display of the heart and soul of the Island of the Gods – it’s people. Enjoy.
Don’t forget to share Jonny’s beautiful video with the world and show everyone how wonderful Bali really is. Jonny Micay lives in Toronto, Canada.