On this christmas night I hang in my hammock with my head full of streams of thoughts about the disappearing island life and cultural genocides. I slowly fade into a deep, dreamful sleep. Responsibility and powerlessness fight their endless game. My consciousness floats through images of today and of tomorrow, of here and of there, of what was four thousand years ago and what will be in four thousand years.
a film by ramin krause
A few days pass and something significant happens. I become witness of a hit with a belt. A strong, precise hit on the back. And I spiral again into my endless thoughts and feelings about violence. Memories come up, flood gates open, an universe creates itself. It hurts. And I find a way to let it go. I write it down. I write against the pain, the confusion and the guilt.
How can it be that I can just leave but they can’t?
explore ◊ GAUA ◊ :
5 weeks I spent on an island called GAUA. A wild, strong, spiritual island. It became home. This is a DREAM.read more
On a sunny morning the community of Bravet kill a big, white cow to sell the meat. Very colourful meat.read more
On the first day of the new year I find myself sitting on a beautiful dead tree in front of a 120m high waterfall that celebrates a new beginning with me. I feel. I understand.read more
A children’s song heard in Musina Village on Vanua Lava.read more
Endlessly they play the water with their hands, they slap and hit, they play and laugh. All day, in the shadow of the big trees, in the river or the ocean or where the two meat.read more
Over centuries the idea of a white supremacy has been enforced and manifested through colonialism in the now so called “developing countries”. But these global roles are ancient and wrong. Ideas about people that deserve real admiration for a forgotten strength.read more
Domestic violence is a present issue in many countries around the world. In Vanuatu many women, children and animals are subjected to violence on the daily basis. And they stay. They find a way to deal with it, to accept it and to still smile.read more
Violence, the raw physical force intended to hurt or kill a person or an animal is committed daily, endless times around the world. The cycle of hurt and anger spins and spins. But why do we hurt others? And how can we stop it from spinning?read more
After having spent Christmas morning in the Anglican Church of Aver my thoughts are circling around the churches influence on the people here. Somehow I can only see the negative side and it leaves a lingering sadness on my tongue that doesn’t want to vanish. Part two.read more
Every year around Christmas time the church choirs tour along the main road of the north-east side of Gaua Island. They sing songs in Bislama and the local language about Baby Jesus and god, old english church songs adapted for the islands.read more
Since centuries christian missionaries are traveling to the most rural places in the world to convert heathens into tamely believers. What legacy do 500 years of proselytisation leave behind? A two-part experience on a small island in the South Pacific. Part One.read more
Pigs traditionally have an important role in Vanuatu’s kastom system. They are one of the few animals that have not been imported by the Europeans. A poem for these wonderful animals.read more
Every night the people of Vanuatu indulge in a ritual, they give themselves into the hands of a numbing root that grows up in the mountainous regions. Silently they drink the grey juice and connect with the sprits of the bush, their ancestors.read more