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Taram - A Minangkabau Village

A look at life in the Indonesian village of Taram, Sumatra, where the clan inheritance is passed from mother to daughter.
Series : Our Asian Neighbours - Indonesia | Episode : 10 | Year : 1975 | Total Duration : 22 Minutes | Producer : John Morris
Director : Brian Hannant |
Zoom in to graphic map of Indonesia and Australia to Taram on the island of Sumatra. Good WS of mountain peaks shrouded in misty clouds at dawn. High angle shot over fields and river. Tilt from building reflected in still water to the house on river bank. WS kerosene lantern being lifted from ceiling as window is opened and sleepers stir. GS man cranking wheel. CU pipe firing fumes. Zoom out as timber shutters of house are opened. VS domestic scenes with Yurnini, her family and husband Afriady Datuk Rajo Mahudum nan Panjang as they fold blankets and Panjang does his morning ablutions outside. CUs of him rolling blades of grass in his hand and washing his teeth with the grass at water trough in thatch shelter.
Access No. 141975 | 2 mins | 1970s | Taram, Sumatra, Indonesia | © NFSA | Colour |
Zoom out from palm trees to village. MS women brushing hair and sweeping. MS man sitting at electric sewing machine sewing. Tilt from man up past sign to flag being hoisted up pole. GS Afriady Datuk Rajo Mahudum nan Panjang dressing and putting hat on as he leaves house past his wife and young son. GS Panjang walking past newly built brick structures to his parents' house in the village. Zoom out to WS of Panjang walking past large thatched traditionally built houses. VS Panjang walking into house and greeting his aunt before walking to room and changing into working clothes. GS mill and woman working at pounding machine.
Access No. 141976 | 2 mins 11 secs | 1970s | Taram, Sumatra, Indonesia | © NFSA | Colour |
GS Panjang's mother-in-law, her husband and youngest daughter sitting on floor sharing meal. Pan to Panjang eating with his wife and son separately in another room sitting on mats. High angle shot over the trio eating and CUs of spooning rice into bowls. WS houses next to water and VS of family leaving their house. GS Panjang walking past woman fishing. WS woman washing clothes in river and zoom in to Panjang and wife Yurnini crossing foot bridge and into fields. WS of the pair walking in rice fields and GS Yurnini wading in muddy water. Ws Panjang hoeing crop with very large rock outcrop in background. CU hoe in mud directing water flow between crops. CUs Panjang's face.
Access No. 141977 | 2 mins 19 secs | 1970s | Taram, Sumatra, Indonesia | © NFSA | Colour |
Zoom out from rice fields to motor bike past fields and along road past riders on bicycles. CU face of Jamal, village head-man, reflected in side mirror of motor bike as he rides. VS of Jamal driving and arriving for inspection of local school. VS inside classroom and WS of school playground. VS of children at desks listening to male teacher. Good CU of face of 12 year-old schoolboy Syafnir. CU of teacher pointing to Australia on world map at front of class. CUs and zooms of red hot metal stave being hammered watched by group of villagers under thatched shelter. GS cooking fish over indoor fire. WS Panjang and wife Yurnini tending rice fields and WS Yurnini's mother walking through fields carrying lunch with bowl on her head. VS of the trio sitting on palm fronds to eat meal.
Access No. 141978 | 2 mins 18 secs | 1970s | Taram, Sumatra, Indonesia | © NFSA | Colour |
WS traditional house with distinctive roofs shaped like buffalo horns. MS village head-man Jamal sitting at desk in office. GS Panjang and his wife and mother-in-law eating lunch in field. WS house with towers in field. GS Panjang washing himself in rice paddy pond. VS Panjang and wife Yurnini kneeling and bowing in prayer in field with Yurnini in white robe which she removes as she rises. Tilt to MS of Jamal riding motorbike down street and under "Salamat Datan" sign being erected. GS horsedrawn cart transporting people to local market and VS Jamal looking at materials. WS men in river sifting in shallows near bridge. High angle shots of their boats and zoom out to people riding across bridge in horse drawn carriage. GS horse with bells and decorations.
Access No. 141979 | 2 mins 1 sec | 1970s | Taram, Sumatra, Indonesia | © NFSA | Colour |
CU pair of women riding in horse-drawn cart through village. GS Panjang's family walking out of house to greet one of the women, Panjang's cousin Adiarty. GS family helping Adiarty into house as she gives the children presents. WS Panjang and wife walking past canal through paddy field with bulbous mountain and palm trees in background. CUs traditional hat and ornaments on table and high shots of Adiarty and two women seated around small table trying on jewellery. VS Panjang, Adiarty and elderly woman speaking together about their ceremonial attire. CUs Panjang's aunt. GS then high angle zoom out of Panjang and young man walking into fields. VS of soccer game and crowd of local spectators on sidelines.
Access No. 141981 | 3 mins | 1970s | Taram, Sumatra, Indonesia | © NFSA | Colour |
WS store at night open to street. VS people eating around table in room. VS villager Panjang leaving his family house at night, saying farewell to aunt in window above street and walking to his wife's house. WS misty view of bulbous mountain with palm tree forest in foreground. VS of Panjang brushing his hat and dressing in preparation for ceremony, walking to door smoking. High shots of Panjang walking through village to his family's home and ascending stairs to room where he continues to dress in ceremonial clothes. MS of his cousin Adiarty in ceremonial hat. GS of the family in traditional dress walking down street. Tilt to man beating long drum in roof rafters. WS traditional hut with mountain and palm trees in background.
Access No. 141982 | 3 mins 12 secs | 1970s | Taram, Sumatra, Indonesia | © NFSA | Colour |
MS group of men sitting on floor of hut. Zoom to view of family procession walking towards hut seen from gap under hut wall. CU old man's face as he talks. GS family men in ceremonial clothes entering hut while women congregate outside. CUs of men talking. MS of Selamat Datang archway erected for ceremony. MS man firing rifle. CUs officials at ceremony with CUs of their hands clasped behind their backs. GS procession walking towards camera then rear view and GS of people watching. VS of ceremony and VS people holding ceremonial objects. CU Panjang. MS man speaking into microphone. MS man cutting ribbon. VS procession into building and VS men sitting in groups on floor smoking. Zoom into Panjang giving speech.
Access No. 141983 | 2 mins 48 secs | 1970s | Taram, Sumatra, Indonesia | © NFSA | Colour |
Zoom into young schoolboy Syafnir, the youngest Datuk, sitting on floor with men smoking. CUs faces of people around him. Zoom to Panjang's cousin Adiarty kneeling on floor wearing traditional ceremonial hat. CU Panjang giving his speech. WS crowd of villagers outside traditional building with distinctive roofs buffalo shaped roof. VS villagers peering through windows listening to ceremony. Zoom in to Panjang's wife Yurnini in crowd. CU head-man of Taram Jamal smoking.
Access No. 141984 | 1 min 28 secs | 1970s | Taram, Sumatra, Indonesia | © NFSA | Colour |