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The stories behind the story. A weekly flagship program that delves into current affairs in Asia. Produced on radio KBR.



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Dec 30, 2017 Asia Calling
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A very special final episode of Asia Calling. Some of our long standing reporters look back over particularly powerful moments of reporting in the region - revisiting stories that have shaped them, and rediscovering the most inspiring voices they’ve brought to the airwaves. We also have a very unique audio diary, from an Indonesian woman in central Australia, learning an Aboriginal language. And we hear from the people that have made all of this possible over the years, Asia Calling’s past...
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Dec 15, 2017 Asia Calling
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A rarely heard eye witness account from the most controversial night in Indonesia’s history - and it’s far cry from what most Indonesians have come to know. We also meet India’s toilet man, who’s on a tireless quest to bring toilets and sanitation to a country where half the population defecates in the open. And later in the program, we revisit our award winning story on Sri Lanka’s elephant orphanage.
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Dec 8, 2017 Asia Calling
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After a long time in the making, Australia has legalized same sex marriage. We take a look at the debate. While in The Philippines, another long awaited law is in the making: The country’s first mental health law, which will promise comprehensive mental health care to all Filipinos. And at the end of the show, we hear from Afghan women poets who are risking it all to put pen to paper and write about love.
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Dec 1, 2017 Asia Calling
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A group of Turkish teachers in Pakistan have had their schools closed down, and are now being hunted by their own government. The iconic single humped camels of India’s deserts are fast disappearing. We look at some creative strategies to keep their numbers up!
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Nov 24, 2017 Asia Calling
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We hear from Tibet’s President in exile. On how the double threat of climate change and Chinese development are putting Tibet’s ecosystem in peril Ending the shame and stigma around menstruation in India. And Indonesian women modeling bigger and better beauty standards.
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Nov 17, 2017 Asia Calling
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Hundreds of refugees and asylum seekers are in a stand off with the Australian government, living without food, water and power in a detention centre in Papua New Guinea. We hear from those men. We also take a look at a new initiative that supports Indigenous people to secure their land and use it as they see fit. And if you’ve got a few pent-up frustrations, stay tuned. Later in the show we visit a café in India where you can unleash your anger by smashing things.
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Nov 13, 2017 Asia Calling
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South Korea is cracking down on corruption, but not everyone is happy about it. In India, an incredible Indigenous man is regenerating water supplies in drought ridden country. He’s using ancient wisdom to find solutions to one of the country’s greatest challenges. And traditional music is experiencing a resurgence in Afghanistan.
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Nov 6, 2017 Asia Calling
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Links are being forged between The Philippines and Thailand, as campaigners look to learn from past experience and find ways to bring extrajudicial killings to an end. In India, we get a taste of the world’s largest free lunch program, which is feeding almost 100 million school kids every day. And first up, the case of an abducted publisher and bookseller from Hong Kong, one of the victims of Chinese President Xi Jingping’s crackdown on media freedoms.
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Oct 27, 2017 Asia Calling
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Indian villagers are sitting up to their shoulders in water, in a dangerous protest against a massive dam that’s been 60 years in the making. In Timor Leste, the memory of 5 journalists murdered during Indonesian invasion, 42 years ago, continues to inspire a new generation of reporters. And later on the show, we catch up with a Buddhist nun in Korea who has made a name for herself as a celebrity chef.
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Oct 20, 2017 Asia Calling
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After a 5 month long siege, the southern Philippines city of Marawi was finally declared liberated. But with the city in ruins, massive challenges lie ahead. And in India, a landmark court case has declared that sex with a minor, within marriage is now considered rape. Many hope the ruling is the first step to criminalizing child marriage, and marital rape altogether. Later in the show we hear from an inspiring Japanese-American legal activist.
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Oct 13, 2017 Asia Calling
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Attackers cutting off women’s hair and disappearing. In the Indian controlled Kashmir Valley, the strange attacks have sparked more unrest. Philippines President Duterte, has been called ‘The Punisher’ for his brutal approach to drugs. But now he is beginning to be punished in the polls… as children and teenagers are murdered in his bloody war on drugs. And in Australia, an Aboriginal activist walks his talk. Travelling 6000 kilometres across the country by foot to raise awareness of...
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Oct 9, 2017 Asia Calling
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This week, a special edition, where we focus on food sovereignty and water security. We meet fierce Indigenous women in India’s eastern state of Odisha, who are fighting against cash crops overtaking their land. In Indonesia, Indigenous methods of rice growing keeping one community self sufficient. While in Pakistan arsenic in the water supply threatens to poison up to 60 million people. We look at some solutions to the world’s growing water problems.
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Sep 29, 2017 Asia Calling
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On the show this week, we continue to follow the Rohingya humanitarian crisis. This week from India, where the Hindu nationalist government is promising to send Rohingya back to Myanmar, where they’re likely to face extreme violence and persecution. We take a look at Thai politics, and the impact of one very influential family of billionaires. And the ancient art of herbal medicine in Afghanistan.
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Sep 22, 2017 Asia Calling
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From Bangladesh, we hear from the Rohingya who have fled their homes to save their lives, but are still struggling for survival in makeshift camps. And inside Myanmar, we ask why it is the Rohingya, one of Myanmar’s many ethnic minority groups, have never been accepted. An outspoken Indian journalist murdered. What does it say about freedom of the press in the world’s largest democracy? And in the US, the undocumented migrants that have become President Trump’s political pawns.
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Sep 15, 2017 Asia Calling
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Asia is home to some of the biggest and most vibrant cities in the world. This week, we hear from a few fascinating pockets of urban life. We catch up with the Pakistani women who are fighting for the right to enter cinemas. And in Indonesia, women who are getting on motorbikes, and taking on the male dominated world of motorcycle taxis! We take a trip to Hong Kong’s Little Thailand. And, how fast food is impacting India’s vibrant culinary culture.
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Sep 8, 2017 Asia Calling
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More than 150 000 Rohingya have fled Myanmar into Bangladesh in the last 2 weeks. We ask if the international community’s focus on Aung San Suu Kyi’s silence is a useful response to the tragedy. When a border was drawn between India and Pakistan 70 years ago, a horrific, bloody mass migration unfolded. We visit India’s new Partition Museum, that aims to tell the personal stories behind that momentous historical event. A food bank in Indonesia bridging the wide divide between rich and poor.
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Sep 1, 2017 Asia Calling
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Australia’s First People are still searching for recognition in a country that has never come to terms with its violent past. We take a look at the latest push to acknowledge Indigenous Australians. We speak to young South Koreans, who are extremely educated, but are going through an unemployment ice age. And a hospital in the conflict-rattled Gaza strip, which was built by Indonesians, in a show of friendship and solidarity with Palestinians.
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Aug 25, 2017 Asia Calling
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Young Afghan refugees in Sweden hold a 2-week long protest – a peaceful sit-in, as they plead not to be sent back to Afghanistan, where conflict continues to mount. In Pakistan, ousted Prime Minister Sharif has announced he will challenge the Supreme Court ruling that has disqualified him from office. Our correspondent asks why it is that not a single civilian Prime Minister has served a full term in the country. And in Thailand, we meet the refugees and migrant workers who are uniting across...
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Aug 18, 2017 Asia Calling
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India recently elected an ‘untouchable’ President, that is, someone from the lowest caste has the highest office in the country. But at the same time, ‘untouchables’ are still forced to do the worst jobs, clean toilets and sewers in unhygienic and inhumane conditions. Hundreds die doing their job every year. We consider the contradictions of India’s caste system. In Afghanistan, we take a look at the impact of foreign funding on media, and what happens when the money dries up. We...
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Aug 11, 2017 Asia Calling
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From Australia, plans to build the country’s biggest ever coal mine have ignited a fierce debate. At stake is the future of one of the country’s best known marine environments, The Great Barrier Reef, and concerns over climate change. This week Indonesia prepares to celebrate Independence Day – which marks 72 years of freedom from colonial rule. But in the far east of the country, some Papuans see Indonesia as a kind of colonial power. We speak with former political prisoner and Papuan...
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Aug 4, 2017 Asia Calling
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We come to you from Vietnam’s Mekong Delta, the food bowl that is sinking into the sea. In Afghanistan, we speak to families who are forced to travel abroad for essential medical treatment, because they can’t get the care they need at home. Public transport infrastructure in Pakistan is being slammed by environmentalists as trees are being razed and replaced with concrete. And from Timor-Leste, the remarkable story of brave activist Bella Galhos.
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Jul 24, 2017 Asia Calling
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We meet a child prodigy, who at just 11 years old has 4 languages under his belt, is teaching classes of adults, and is imagining a new future for education in his two home countries, Afghanistan and Pakistan. A new film explores how Australia’s largest oil spill has had devastating impacts on Indonesian seaweed farmers, and traces their fight for justice. At the end of the show we hear from Korea’s top rating baseball podcast that has an invisible behind-the-scenes twist. But first up, we...
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Jul 17, 2017 Asia Calling
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We take a ride through Afghanistan’s capital Kabul, where we get a taste for how the country’s tumultuous past has made it’s mark. With transportation and infrastructure lacking, and population now booming, it’s time to rebuild essential services. In South Korea, ideas about racial purity are being challenged, as the country’s first black model rises to fame. We also meet Indonesia’s up and coming metal band: an unlikely trio of Muslim teenage girls, who are finding their voice...
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Jul 7, 2017 Asia Calling
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From the banks of India’s holy Ganges River, we ask how climate change and melting glaciers are impacting this sacred place. In The Philippines, we meet former priest turned human rights activist, whose memories of martial law have disturbing relevance today. We visit a border free school in Kabul, Afghanistan. And we explore Indonesia's zine scene.
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Jun 30, 2017 Asia Calling
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This week, we take a look at media across our region. The risks that reporters go to, and the new challenges emerging as repressive regimes meet online surveillance. And documentaries that are determined to create change. Also, a former child soldier from Thailand shares his story. And we turn to Afghanistan, where rivers are running dry as the impacts of climate change are being felt.
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Jun 23, 2017 Asia Calling
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An exclusive interview with Indonesian President Joko Widodo. With ISIS militants at war on Indonesia’s doorstep in The Philippines, we ask how the tide of radicalism is being stemmed in Indonesia. And at what cost? We speak to women internet activists. And we explore why Australia is boycotting treaty negotiations that would ban nuclear weapons.
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Jun 16, 2017 Asia Calling
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A special edition to mark World Refugee Week, we bring you three stories of refugees who are creating lives on the run. A karate champion in Indonesia: A Hazara woman who is pushing the boundaries. A gay man forced to flee Bangladesh finds that life in Nepal isn’t easy either. And we hear from a Syrian refugee in South Korea. But before all of that, we start with the story of striking farmers in India, whose protests recently turned bloody under police gunfire.
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Jun 9, 2017 Asia Calling
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Afghanistan’s first TV station by and for women. In India, women branded as witches, and hunted down. We meet the courageous women who have survived the witch hunt, and are fighting back. What would it take to wipe out malaria? We catch up with a scientist who has devoted his life to the task.
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Jun 2, 2017 Asia Calling
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This week we bring you a World Environment Day Special! We take a look at Thailand’s giant and grotesque looking water monitor. The unique creature is being hit hard by climate change and urbanization. In Pakistan’s Thar desert, innovative new ways to deal with water shortages. And mining companies failing to clean up after themselves in The Philippines. But before that, we start in the hotly contested region of Kashmir, where Indian security forces and Kashmir separatists are bringing new,...
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May 26, 2017 Asia Calling
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Triple talaq, or instant divorce, under trial in India, as women try to abolish a system they have no say in. Indonesia’s LGBT community targeted in raids, punished by caning, and now a new task force to track hunt them down. And despite threats, Pakistan’s Pashtun minority is defiantly holding dances all over the country.
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May 12, 2017 Asia Calling
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Each year, unregistered fishing boats haul billions of dollars worth of fish from Indonesian waters. The government is trying to stamp it out by blowing up and sinking the offending boats at sea. We bring you an investigative report on the illegal fishing trade in Indonesia and The Philippines. We visit a school for grandmothers in India, where women are getting an opportunity they missed out on as kids. And in Jakarta, the case that’s put the Governor in jail on charges of blasphemy.
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May 5, 2017 Asia Calling
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A law school for rebels and ethnic minorities in Myanmar’s Kachin State. In Pakistan the fall out from the Panama Papers continues after a Supreme Court verdict ordered a new investigation into the money trail surrounding the Prime Minister and his family. And in India, street kids speak out.
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Apr 28, 2017 Asia Calling
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Marriages between Afghan refugees and Pakistani women have been taking place for decades, but increasing friction between the two countries leaving families separated by a border. In Indonesia, an inspiring teacher is challenging the stigma surrounding cerebral palsy. We hear from the din of India’s deafening cities – some of the loudest cities in the world. And from Thailand, we meet sex workers who are in control, and showing that they can do it their way.
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Apr 21, 2017 Asia Calling
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Spying allegations in Pakistan and a hotly debated death sentence are causing regional tensions. We hear from Rohingya, the Muslim minority group that has been driven out of Myanmar in the hundreds of thousands. We trace the story of two Rohingya people, who have watched first hand as waves of violence unravel around them. And for Rohingya who have fled to India, seeking refuge isn’t as always safe as it seems. At the end of the program, we deep-dive into the extreme world of beauty pageants...
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Apr 13, 2017 Asia Calling
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On the show this week, we’re putting the spotlight on history, as we hear from some of the region’s lesser known moments from the past. We ask why Thailand has had more coups than any other country in modern history. Delving into the life of a 19th century Japanese photographer in Australia. A modern twist on Indonesia’s age old puppetry tradition And a bakery in Karachi that’s more than 150 years old, where a Muslim baker sells famous hot cross buns to Christians each Easter…
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Apr 10, 2017 Asia Calling
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Violent and racist attacks on African students in India Pakistani women enjoying a long awaited hot cup of tea in a café they can call their own. The shifting sands of aid and development in Asia, as China is set to usurp Japan as the region’s big player. And remembering Antoon Postma, the Dutch anthropologist that dedicated his life to recording Mangyan culture in The Philippines.
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Mar 31, 2017 Asia Calling
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Indian film makers getting hot under the collar, as they dispute a ban on a film that puts women’s desires in the spotlight. An elephant orphanage in Sri Lanka bringing a threatened species back from the brink. Plus size models on the catwalk in Indonesia. And environmental activists risking their lives in the Philippines.
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Mar 27, 2017 Asia Calling
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Sneaking supplies across borders in Myanmar. A dramatic, and tragic, protest at the Indonesian state palace. East Timor's election. And Afghanistan’s first – all women’s orchestra.
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Mar 17, 2017 Asia Calling
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This week, we’re putting arts in the limelight. Rising from the ashes: Painting war-torn walls in Kabul. Reviving the ancient art of Qawwali, or devotional Islamic music in India. And shaking the dust off the art collection of Indonesia’s first President, Sukarno.
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Mar 10, 2017 Asia Calling
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A special show to mark International Women’s Day! We’ll be hearing from an inspiring mother-daughter team in the Philippines. In India, a unique mosque for women. East Timor’s rising dangdut star. And the Jakarta's colourful Women's March.
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Feb 24, 2017 Asia Calling
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This week on the show, a special look at natural disasters. From theatre as a form of healing. Self defense for displaced women in Nepal. And toys that can change the world.
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Feb 20, 2017 Asia Calling
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We delve into Australia’s mother tongues. Explore India’s drug problem. And visit the spicy side of Indonesia.
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Feb 13, 2017 Asia Calling
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Murder in Myanmar. Bloggers in hiding in Pakistan. Exploring the skinhead scene in Indonesia. And Filipino puppeteers voice their dissent.
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Feb 3, 2017 Asia Calling
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LGBT rights in Bangladesh. The long-necked women of Myanmar. And how China’s string of pearls plan is playing out in Sri Lanka.
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Jan 27, 2017 Asia Calling
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We’ll be hearing from women writers in conflict, from Bangladesh to Kashmir to Kosovo. About seeking refugee in Sri Lanka. And in Indonesia, art as salve for schizophrenia.
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Jan 23, 2017 Asia Calling
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A special edition on film across the region. From all-girl gangs on the big screen in the Philippines. To enforced nationalism in Indian cinemas. And experimenting with vintage celluloid film in Indonesia, in a warehouse stuck in time.