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Sinaga's Family - A Batak Village

A look at the daily life of an enterprising and ambitious farmer and fisherman in a small fishing village on the edge of Lake Toba.
Series : Our Asian Neighbours - Indonesia | Episode : 9 | Year : 1975 | Total Duration : 18 Minutes | Producer : John Morris, Ian Hart
Director : Keith Gow |
Zoom in to graphic map of Australia and Indonesia to Lake Toba in Indonesia. Good high angle shots over green fields and mountains edging lake. GS rear view of woman sitting at loom weaving. VS of village and GS villagers washing in lake. VS Sinaga on lake in small boat at dusk netting for fish. CUs Sinaga's daughter Parulian washing dishes in lake. VS village and Sinaga returning to his house with plate of fish. VS Mrs Sinaga sitting in recess under house weaving cloth. VS Parulian preparing meal over fire and serving to younger brothers and sisters. WS Sinaga sitting on floor to meal with his five children. Good MS of small children eating.
Access No. 141949 | 3 mins 35 secs | 1970s | Sumatra, Indonesia | © NFSA | Colour |
CUs Mrs Sinaga weaving with dyed cotton on simple wooden loom. GS two girls leaving house to attend village school. VS around village including cemetery and Sinaga greeting woman threshing rice as he passes. VS inside classroom with male teacher in suit standing at front of class singing with them. CU of girls and GS Sinaga passing outside school buildings. MS female teacher at blackboard speaking to children and VS young children sitting at wooden tables and benches. VS Sinaga and friend preparing rice paddy with VS tending irrigation ditch and sowing seeds. WS of men in fields with lake in background.
Access No. 141950 | 3 mins 27 secs | 1970s | Sumatra, Indonesia | © NFSA | Colour |
VS village rice mill with villagers including children at work. VS Mrs Sinaga pounding her own rice. VS Mrs Sinaga and other women weaving cloth in spaces under their houses. GS woman drying rice on cloth on ground. VS village activities with young girl threading loom and woman preparing cloth with baby slung on her back. VS food preparation. GS Sinaga's small son teaching his younger brother how to wash water-buffalo with WS of him pulling the buffalo along by a rope. VS villagers washing and swimming in the lake with the boys washing buffalo in background. GS women walking back to village with washing baskets balanced on heads.
Access No. 141951 | 3 mins 43 secs | 1970s | Sumatra, Indonesia | © NFSA | Colour |
WS village meeting house and interior shots of village chief conducting meeting with village elders seated in circle on floor. CUs Sinaga speaking at meeting with VS others also speaking or listening and smoking. VS market town of Muara with MS Mrs Sinaga selling her cloths and WS of market crowds, boars roaming grounds and VS Mrs Sinaga buying provisions including fish. WS and interior shots of men in village coffee shop singing along to guitars and VS men sitting around tables drinking palm wine. High angle WS looking over timber and iron church at dusk and interior shots of choir being conducted.
Access No. 141952 | 3 mins 31 secs | 1970s | Sumatra, Indonesia | © NFSA | Colour |
LS to Sinaga pumping lamp in pool of light surrounded by darkness. GS of him joining family seated on ground around meal where he sayes grace. VS of them eating with hands and using finger bowls. WS over church at dusk and WS of Lake Toba. VS Sinaga setting off with lamp and loading nets into boat. VS Sinaga in canoe setting nets into water as he whistles to himself. WS boat silhouetted in lake with mountains in background. GS Sinaga's children asleep side by side on floor as Mrs Sinaga singing lullaby as she rocks youngest child to sleep. WS outside view of house with light inside. GS Sinaga smoking in canoe as he fishes.
Access No. 141953 | 3 mins 5 secs | 1970s | Sumatra, Indonesia | © NFSA | Colour |