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Safari to Asia
Description: Armand and Michaela Denis travel throughout Asia, experiencing aspects of traditional culture such as performances of Thai classical dance, sword fighting and the Thaipusam Hindu festival in Singapore.
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Clip #: TFA-336A
Length: 25:52
Color: B/W
Sound: Sound
Library: TFA Network
Decade: 1960s
Filmmaker: Armand Denis
Region: Asia
Subject: Dancing
Original: 16mm
1960s, Asia, men carrying coracle boats on their heads to water, coracle boat race, Armand Denis filming while wife Michaela lowers hand to signal start of race, Michaela taking photographs, children, smiling boy with hands over eyes to imitate binoculars, men paddling boats as they return to shore from race, men using different methods of maneuvering boats, man maneuvering boat without paddle and just propelling it forward by bouncing, men racing without paddles and instead bouncing boats forward, close up intricate weave of coracle, Thailand, leashed monkeys picking coconuts from trees guided by handlers, Bangkok, women dressed in traditional costume performing Thai classical dances, intricate hand movements, dancers / students of National Academy of Fine Art, musicians playing traditional percussion instruments including xylophones, drums, gongs, sword fighting, Krabi-Krabong, practitioners performing traditional ceremony in temple courtyard proceeding fight, blind musician playing flute and boys playing cymbals and drum, men sword fighting in courtyard, woman sword fighting, bear cubs playing with water in tub, gibbon ape running to Michaela who picks him up, Armand drinking water from coconut while Michaela and gibbon share another, gibbon dipping knuckles in water and licking it, gibbon kissing Armand in cheek as he kisses Michaela, KLM airplane landing, Singapore, Thaipusam, Hindu temple, Hindu women at gate, Armand and Michaela amidst crowd of worshippers and onlookers watching / taking photographs / filming ceremony, men wearing kavadis harnesses with skewers, needles and hooks driven through their chest, cheeks and tongues, man wearing kavadi being given water, young boys taking part in ceremony and being pierced with hooks, white powder being tossed on “hysterical” participant to calm him down, worshippers and men wearing kavadi with piercings hooked up to carriages walking in procession to Chettiars' Temple on Tank Road, Armand and Michaela deplaning KLM plane via mobile stairs, Armand and Michaela riding elephants, Armand and Michaela holding gibbon traveling on boat, market, worshipper praying to shrine with golden statue, Bangkok, Armand and Michaela traveling on boat down Khlong, canal, umbrellas on ground, tattooing, elephant pushing logs with trunk, Armand and Michaela walking towards building as gibbon climbs onto her

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