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The Inner Environment - Subud Youth Camp Kalimantan 1992

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Published on Feb 20, 2012

During the Northern summer of 1992 the Subud Youth Association International organised a camp on the Subud land near Palanka Raya, Central Kalimantan, Indonesia. It was a strange time. For almost 20 years the Subud organisation had been trying to interpret and implement the vision of its founder Mhd. Subuh Sumohadiwidjojo, which entailed developing a community there and to benefit from Borneo's primary attractions: space and plentiful natural resources. But at the time our youthful campers descended on the Subud land, right in the middle of an economic boom, not much had been achieved.

During the preceding two decades, however, a lot had changed in our understanding of what development actually was, or should be. It may sound a little odd now, but at the time this film was shot the term 'sustainable development' had only just lodged itself in people's consciousness and so the event attracted primarily young, emerging professionals with an interest in a different way of going about the process of responsible industrialisation.

Afterwards it would still take almost a decade before a critical mass had been reached and Subud members managed to start building a residential community, now known as Rungan Sari.

This film was made with on a shoestring a budget of $8,000. We shot on Sony Hi8 and edited on juiced-up U-Matic lowband. It was the first time we could use small compact domestic video technology as (cheap) acquisition format, but editing was still extremely expensive. A different time, boys and girls!

The master barely survived the intervening years and some glitches were inevitable. Still, the energy and atmosphere of our month in the heart of Borneo is still palpable.

In memory of Hartati Horthy, whose inner calling to help the spread of the Subud latihan has meant so much to so many.

David van Noortwijk
Jakarta, February 2012

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