“When the kids come out to play” is a documentary exploring the traditional childhood games and the simplicity of the children from yesterday in Village Takpala and Takelelang in Pulau Alor, Indonesia.
Through the collection of interviews from 2 different generations of villagers, we discover the differences and similarities of the children then and now and how technology and social media are slowly and steadily changing their ways, influencing them away from the traditional ways of playing.
We are very grateful to Dr. Frantisek Kratochvil, Assistant Professor of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences (Nanyang Technological University), for giving us the opportunity to join him and his team to Pulau Alor.
To make this documentary, we spent 2 weeks with the villagers. We were very fortunate to have been given the opportunity to film in a local primary/kindergarten school, join them in their annual traditional legolego dance under the full moon and participate in the exchange of knowledge.
My group members had consisted of 2 other ADM Film students, Chew Jia Hui (U143060K) and Phoebe Zoe Ho (U1430645G), and a local Chinese Indonesian, David Setiwan, who is fluent in both Bahasa and English.
An ADM graduate, Rachel Siao, who has directed the remarkable documentary: “Children of Monmot” in the same location for her final year project in 2015, was also there and she had provided great help for us in the information sourcing both before and during the shoot.