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Yes, the journey of this film production has been notably slow and, for those following along, seemingly uneventful at times. Almost eight years now and we’re still yet to see a film. C’mon Rob.

Contrary to popular perception – and perhaps direct sightings – I will say we’ve continued chipping away at this quite incessantly. And what is particularly pleasing about the act of persistence is that, eventually, a glimmer of light starts to appear through the tunnel. Either that or the mountain comes crumbling down and quickly crushes you. Whichever the case, the moment just before the collapse is indeed quite nice.

Here we are in the studio recording a few Foley pieces and prepping for the final sound mix, which is currently underway:

The role of this film is to raise awareness and enough funding to afford the community time and resources to implement their Suku Mentawai cultural education program and develop a sustainable system that will enable them to continue benefiting from it well into the future. Therefore, the film’s outreach/release campaign is vitally important and must be carefully considered. This is also underway.

At this stage I‘m unable to specify a date for the film’s premiere or release, but hope to do so in the not too distant, so stay tuned. Thanks to everyone who has given their support through IEF. Without your generosity and belief this film would not be possible.

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  1. Tümmler, Klaus

    Hi Rob,

    just by browsing trough the web I found your wonderful page and your project about the Mentawai. I have made a 45′ min. documentary about the Mentawai in 1992 for German Television. It was shot on 16mm / 4:3 material. I still have some material which wasn’t used for the final editing. Making this film was one of deepest experiences in my life.

    I think I saw Teo Ilot Kunen or his son ? in one of your scenes. He was one of my main characters for filming.

    Is it possible to receive a copy of your film in turns of a copy of my documentary although it is already historical? Please have a look at my homepage.



    Jan 30, 2017 @ 3:51 pm

  2. Rob

    Hi Klaus,

    Very glad to hear about your Mentawai experiences and documentary film. I shall respond via email.


    Feb 02, 2017 @ 10:09 pm


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