This website is a compilation of articles and maps that accompany the documentary "Sharing Paradise". Some of the articles are obtained from websites of environmental organizations sucs as Coral Reef Alliance, WWF, and Greenpeace, but the main articles are written by Amelia Hapsari, Gene Ammarell, and Chozin Muhammad. The maps are compiled or modified by Lauri Hlavacs. This website is funded by Ohio University.
Gene Ammarell is Associate Professor of Anthropology and former Director of the Center for Southeast Asian Studies at Ohio University. He has been carrying ethnographic research among Bugis seafarers and fishers from the island village of Balobaloang, South Sulawesi, Indonesia, since 1988. His original focus was on the changing navigational knowledge and practice of local navigators who ply their trade across eastern Indonesia aboard traditional wooden sailing ships. Since 2003, he has turned his attention to the responses of local villagers to the degradation of the surrounding reef and fishery – the result of destructive fishing practices by outsiders – and the accompanying loss of livelihood for the fishermen and their families.
Amelia Hapsari is a multimedia storyteller who has a passion of exploring various media to address social issues. "The Heroes and the Land," her first film, has been screened in Denver International Film Festival and Berlin Asia Pacific Film Festival. For the making of Sharing Paradise, Amelia Hapsari spent four months living and working with the people in Balobaloang. The documentary is distributed by Documentary Educational Resources and has been screened at Athens International Film and Video Festival.
After completing his bachelor's degree at Gadjah Mada University in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, Chozin chose to pursue his interests in Anthropology, Politics, and Economics in the United States. He earned his master degree in the interdisciplinary Southeast Asian Studies program at Ohio University. His thesis discovering the life of blast fishermen in South Sulawesi was awarded the first winner of the Research Symposium in Ohio University 2008 in the Sociology/Anthropology category. To collect data, he spent one summer living with blast fishers in Spermonde Archipelago in South Sulawesi, Indonesia. His goal is to work on environmental issues in coastal communities. Now Chozin is working on development projects with an NGO in Indonesia.
Heather Irwin was the audio recordist for Sharing Paradise. Heather graduated from Ohio University with a bachelor's degree in audio production. She has worked in both narrative and documentary formats, but prefers the intimacy and challenge of single-camera documentaries. Heather lives in Athens County, Ohio, where she is deeply involved with the area's local food community. She and her husband are working toward establishing a small crofting farm, where they plan to raise vegetables, grain, goats, and sheep.
People of Balobaloang
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