Stephanie is an author and travel writer who lives in Bali and covers the cultural Hidden Heritage section monthly. Traveling to far reaches of Indonesia, Stephanie finds stories of myths and legends and covers cultural festivals. From Aceh to Timor her stories feature remote places across the archipelago. See more of her stories on www.travelwriter.ws
The largest island in the Maluku archipelago, Seram is known affectionately as the Nusa Ina (Mother Island) and is considered the original ancestral home of all Malukan people.
NOW! Jakarta contributors Stephanie Brookes and David Metcalf travelled to Banda Neira Island, taking a deeper look of both its beauty and dark history.
Spending time in nature, standing on the rim of an active volcano was made more meaningful by catching a brief moment with a flower seller and finding out a little about the legend of the Tengger people.
40 films from 14 countries will be presented and 25 directors in attendance with Q & A sessions.
Go on the hunt for a local battle Peresean stick-fighting ritual and see a most extraordinary display of Sasak skill, dance and combat play out.