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References: Orang Asli bibliography 2001 (48): Audiovisual materials

Updated: Aug 30, 2023

From: Lye Tuck-Po, ed. 2001. Orang Asli of Peninsular Malaysia: A Comprehensive and Annotated Bibliography, CSEAS Research Report Series No. 88. Kyoto: Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Kyoto University.References 1615–1632


Part 2. Non-Textual Materials

Audiovisual materials: Films, videos, and compact discs


1615. 1968. The lost men of Malaya. Narrated by Lowell Thomas. 16 mm.; 25 minutes. BBC-TV and Odyssey Productions, London; released in the USA by Time-Life Films — travels into the Malayan jungle to show the life of the Temiar tribe who live in a peaceful, co-operative community. Shows the dream dance, which celebrates the recovery of a sick child. [notation from WorldCat]
1616. COAC. 1992. Social losers: The Orang Asli of Peninsular Malaysia. Videocassette documentary (15 minutes). COAC, Petaling Jaya, Selangor.
1617. DIFFLOTH, Gérard. 1997. Austroasiatic languages. CD. Encyclopedia Britannica Inc.
1618. GIANNO, Rosemary. 1996. People of the lake and forest: The Semelai of Tasek Bera. CD-Rom; recording of Semelai music and stories, with accompanying booklet. Peabody Museum of Natural History, Yale University, New Haven, CT.

A photo I found of Semelai

1619. ——. 1996. People of the lake and forest: The Semelai of Tasek Bera. VHS videocassette of Semelai exhibit at the Thorne-Sagendorph Art Gallery, Keene State College, January-March 1996. Private publication, Keene, NH.
1620. HALONEN, Arto (writer and director). 1998. A dreamer and the dreamtribe. VHS videocasette, 60 minutes; documentary narrated by Peter Coyote. Mystic Fire Video, NY — on Kilton Stewart, the Temiar, and Senoi Dream Therapy. Available from Jan Wellman/Mandrake Film Productions and Art Films Production.
1621. HOLADAY, Duncan, Batin LONG b. Hok, and Shanti RAMANUJAN. 1987. Metos Jah Hut (a Jah Hut myth). Documentary film, 9 minutes, sound, colour — television broadcast produced by Malaysian National Television from a film project shot among the Jah Hut, documenting aspects of their religion, mythology, and curing rituals. With Batin Long b. Hock providing narration and direction and DHOK Dolah Bia, cameraman [LTP; ASB]. See also Holaday #434 and Richard C. Fidler’s review in Am. Anthro. vol. 91 (1989), pp. 533. Catalogue number AS–89.11.1 at the Film Archives, Anthropology Archives, Smithsonian Institution, D. C.

Another photo: Jah Hut

1622. HOLADAY, Duncan (anthropologist) and DHOK Dolah Bia (cameraman). 1987. Metos Jah Hut film project. Film record of #1621, which was produced from this material. 900 feet of film, sound, colour [ASB]. Catalogue number AS–89.11.2 at the Film Archives, Anthropology Archives, Smithsonian Institution, D. C.
1623. JURGENS, Victor (director). 1948. Nomads of the jungle. Documentary film in the “Earth and Its People” series; details unknown. Louis de Rochemont Associates — the best known film on Orang Asli; part of a geography series made for school children in the 1940s. Many American schools and colleges own copies. [KME]
1624. MALAYAN FILM UNITS. c. 1956. Timeless Temiar. Documentary film written by Noni Wright, filmed by C. G. Wong, and narrated by Anthony Schooling. 50 minutes, Eastmancolor; released commercially in Malaya July 1957 by the Shaw Group — publicized as “filmed on the spot in Perak’s Darkest Jungles”. Standard ethnography, giving prominence to the Temiar’s “bamboo culture”. Can be viewed at Filem Negara Malaysia (National Film Board), Kuala Lumpur. Winner of the best documentary film award at the Asian Film Festival 1956; reviewed in the NST (19–21 July, 1957) and SS (22/7/1957). Related newspaper reports: “‘Timeless Temiar’ scores again—this time in Britain”, SS 5/10/1956; “Timeless Temiar wins 3 awards”, MM 3/10/1956.
1625. Means, Gordon P. (producer). n.d. The Sengoi. 105-minute videocassette based on photographs and 16 mm movies taken from 1930 to 1940, and on Gordon Means’ 1954–1986 movie and video footage of Orang Asli settlements and Orang Asli activities — describes the work of the Methodist Mission among the Semai [GM]. Archived at the Hart Library Southeast Asia Collection of Northern Illinois University in NTSC format, and a PAL format version is also in the Archives of the Methodist Church Headquarters in Singapore. Converted to CD recordable media; not released for commercial circulation.
1626. NAIM Hj. Ahmad. 1986. Revisit: Nomads of the jungle. Dissertation videotape, color, 60 minutes, Indiana University. [see notes for #663]
1627. NOONE, H. D. 1955. Temiar dream music of Malaya, with foreword by E. D. Robertson, introd. and notes by H. D. Noone. 12” LP record, 33 1/3 rpm. Ethnic Folkways Library Album no. P460, Folkways Records and Service Corp., New York — recorded by the Malaya Broadcasting System on 3/12/1941 at Grik, where Noone had asked Temiar from different areas to assemble for this purpose: the songs are from Telon, Korbu R., Cameron Highlands area, U. Perak, and U. Nenggiri. [from the sleeve notes]
1628. OESCH, Hans. n.d. [c. 1978]. The Senoi of Malacca, The Negrito of Malacca, The Protomalayans of Malacca. Three monophonic LP music-recordings, with detailed notes and photographs, available as a three-disc compendium (Bm 30L 2561, 2562, 2563). Bärenteiter Musicaphon, Kassel — based on extensive field recordings made in 1963. [GB #1677]
1629. POLUNIN, Ivan. 1973. Magic in the hills. 16 mm film, optical sound (50 minutes). LC no. 73–700664. Producer: BBC TV, Distributor: Time-Life Films, Inc. — on a Jah Het village. Depicts a number of disease-causing agents and spirits, and relationship between spirit beliefs and carving. Ceremonies include those for initiation of apprentice healers and for curing [ASB]. A VHS copy is held at the Keene State College Orang Asli Archive.
1630. ——. n.d. personal collection — Polunin has many commercial sound-recordings and ethnographic films to his credit, has captured much Orang Asli music on tape, especially from the south of the Peninsula. [GB #1677]
1631. Roseman, Marina. 1995. Dream songs and healing sounds in the rainforests of Malaysia. Folkways Recordings CD SF40417. Smithsonian, Washington, D. C. — Temiar music, with accompanying notes.
1632. SCHERCHEN, Hermann, and M. V. MATTHEWS. 1965. Computer music: Musik der Senoi (Malaya). One sound disc; analog, 33 1/3 rpm, mono; 7 inch Experimentalstudio Hl Scherchen, Gravesano — Scherchen was a famous conductor specializing in avant garde music; Matthews was at Bell Telephone Labs. [reference from WorldCat]

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