The Resource Lon Marum, (evideo)

Lon Marum, (evideo)

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Lon Marum
Title
Lon Marum
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Summary
Lon Marum is a documentary film depicting the relationship between language, culture, place, music, tradition, and magic - in the context of life on an active volcano. Greater than the power to destroy, for these people of Vanuatu, Lon Marum is their life force and inextricably connected to their physical and spiritual world. Meet the local custodians of knowledge. They give light to creation mythology and complex kin ship systems - yet are against time and face eroding knowledge values. Follow visiting researchers, on their quest to understand Lon Marum through scientific ways. Their detailed methodologies require something more - as there is magic surrounding this volcano. Lon Marum presents us with a beautiful reality. We all have something to learn - from the volcano and quite possibly from one another. Lon Marum means "the path of the volcano" and when applied to the people of Emyotungan it means the "people who live in the path of the volcano". Such is the profound relationship that the people of Emyotungan and West Ambrym have with the volcano. It exists underneath them, the porous volcanic ash soft underfoot is a low-yielding soil. It towers over them, trapping clouds and billowing out poisonous sulphur dioxide in industrial proportions. And it falls down on them in the form of acid rain ruining crops and destroying gardens. It permeates every corner of their existence informing everything from creation mythology through to current land tenure and kinship systems. But the phrase Lon Marum also serves as the metaphor describing the relationship between the people of West Ambrym and the physical environment - and this forms the rhizome of the film's narrative. The volcano features in the film - but as a spirit form, something omnipresent but invisible. The treatment of the volcano as a part of the spirit world reflects the cosmology of greater Melanesia where there is little or no distinction or boundary between the spirit world and the physical world. Magic, music, tradition, and dance are a fundamental part of daily life - all distilled through story and often visually accompanied by intricate sandrawings. We follow a local community leader, and fieldworker for the Vanuatu Cultural Centre, as he takes us on a journey. This journey also reflects the metaphorical quality of "path" or "road" as it pertains to Lon Marum, the path of the volcano. We follow this man as he leads us through his community. It is a community that exists just as much as an abstract concept as it does in reality. It has some of the most complex kinship systems in the world, described by languages on the very brink of extinction, in one of the most linguistically diverse regions on the planet, within a traditional social and economic system which functions much as it did thousands of years ago. The film is made more significant by the fact that 2013 is the centennial anniversary of the biggest eruption of the Ambrym volcano. In 1913, the colonial settlement at Dip Point in West Ambrym was destroyed by a massive eruption. The entire settlement including the hospital and the church sank below sea level. The remains of these buildings now lie just metres below the surface of a briny lake. More recently Western scientists have become interested in the volcano. From all over the world, researchers come and attempt to "know" the volcano. As a laboratory, Lon Marum is a challenging environment. We explore the different ways of knowing represented here by the local community and their complex traditional social systems, at once, fragile and resilient, and the modernist scientific fraternity, equally fragile and resilient. The fascinating dynamics between different cultures, and between people and the environment is portrayed in the affective domain, leaving the audience to ponder exactly what it means to "know" something. This film is a journey. It is a journey through a physical community and through an abstract community. It is tied together not by drama and controversy, not by sensational representation, but by the quotidian experience of the volcano. The film is the story of life and how it expresses itself in the bosom of the volcano. AWARDS and FESTIVALS Finalist AIDC Asia Pacific New Documentary Program 2014. In Competition Asia Pacific Screen Awards 2013. 2014 Universite de Lorraine Festival du Film de Chercheur. 2013 Festival International du Film Oceanien, Tahiti
Cataloging source
VDU
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videorecording
Date time place
Originally produced by The Planet Spins in 2013
Language note
In English
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
  • Filip Talevu, Chief
  • Hosni, Soraya
  • Kanopy
  • Kanopy (Firm)
Runtime
48
Technique
live action
Label
Lon Marum, (evideo)
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Publication
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  • Title from title frames
  • In Process Record
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unknown
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
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unknown
Content category
two-dimensional moving image
Content type code
tdi
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (streaming video file)
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unknown
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online
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unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Medium for sound
other
Publisher number
1120589
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
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unknown
Sound
sound
Sound on medium or separate
sound on medium
Specific material designation
  • other
  • remote
System control number
  • kan1120589
  • (OCoLC)921960401
System details
Mode of access: World Wide Web
Video recording format
other
Label
Lon Marum, (evideo)
Link
Publication
Note
  • Title from title frames
  • In Process Record
Antecedent source
unknown
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Configuration of playback channels
unknown
Content category
two-dimensional moving image
Content type code
tdi
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (streaming video file)
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Medium for sound
other
Publisher number
1120589
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
unknown
Sound
sound
Sound on medium or separate
sound on medium
Specific material designation
  • other
  • remote
System control number
  • kan1120589
  • (OCoLC)921960401
System details
Mode of access: World Wide Web
Video recording format
other

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