“Filmed over Henry’s nine years living amongst the Mentawai, 'As Worlds Divide' confronts the impacts commercialisation, forced displacement, and assimilation have had on the Mentawai people.”
Proudly presented by the Environmental Film Festival Australia
Following the global financial crisis in 2008, Melbourne-based Rob Henry seeks out a new lifestyle and arrives to the tropical islands of Mentawai, Indonesia, where he finds himself immersed between two contrasting local villages. Rob invites us on this radical journey where, over the course of six years, he befriends locals at a nearby coconut farming village, and gradually becomes acculturated to the Indonesian modern-day and, later, Indigenous ways. Rob becomes immersed in the ‘Arat Sabulungun’ way of life, learning the ancient cultural traditions and rituals of an untouched Indigenous community living deep in the forests of the Siberut island, living in symbiosis with the surrounding habitat.
Join filmmaker Rob Henry for an audience Q&A after the screening.