From KRAUTROCK to NatGeo

A Glimpse of Wonderful Story

When Rock Unites Us

“Creativity comes from nothing. This is a creativity.”

Damo Suzuki (CAN, DAMO SUZUKI’S NETWORK)
-Part I Krautrock Romantic Warriors IV-

I am not a big fan of Rock music, but naturally, I love to hear it sometimes because my second brother used to play this song loudly from his room when I was a kid. Starting from Queen, Guns n Roses, Mr. Big, Extreme, Oasis, Green Day, and many more which I do not remember the name, mostly, familiar in my ears.

Even Rock is not my favorite one, but I still can enjoy it and sometimes my head can move “up and down” without my command. One thing that I admire a lot from them is their freedom and music skill. They`re dove!

The Rock Concert from American University Students in a classroom

It looks like I have good chemistry with Rock. By chance, approximately, two weeks ago with my roommate in this Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) program, we met one of our classmates from Backpack class at American University (AU). He introduced us to this community. We got the privilege to see their mini-concert in the classroom.

It was my first time seeing it live. I was amazed by their talent and totality to sing their own song and music arrangement. They brought their own equipment, like the sound system, laptop, microphone, guitar, whatever they needed to complete their performance.

They never ran out of their power to move, jump and scream. Still, it`s dove! They found satisfaction through their own creativity and style. I am personally, appreciate it.

But my story with Rock is not ending yet. During the fellowship program in the Center for Environmental Filmmaking, AU, I had participated in Adele’s class about Film and Video Production. She is a documentary filmmaker, especially about music and art. And it is the beginning I knew about Krautrock.

According to my small and short research, Krautrock is mostly known as experimental rock genre or I more agree with what Adele said, it is a PROGRESSIVE rock. It is originally developed in West Germany in the late 60s and early 70s.

Even it sounds classic, but the spirit is evergreen. I think it is why Adele filmed it. The fans are still over the world, and there is still a lot of progress happened inside this music until today. The glory of how this music ever influenced the world by competing with England and American style is being legend either.

As the Director and filmmaker for this documentary film, Part I Krautrock Romantic Warriors IV A Progressive Music Saga, I was happy she wanted to share about her experience in the process of making it.

“For me, the most important here is sound. Because we talk about music, right? I want it perfect,” she said.

Sound! I know, mostly, I have a problem with this part. Thinking about this make me feel terrified. But, it is good to know my weakness and try to find the solution to fix it.

When she gave me the DVD of her film, I was very happy. It is my honor to have her work in my own hands.

Then, I realize that Rock puts us in a good friend relationship.

you can click here to know more about Adele`s film: https://www.progdocs.com/

When The Film Brings Us Together

The National Geographic Headquarter

Actually, I always feel amazed by our host, Maggie Stogner, the Director of Center for Environmental Filmmaking, School of Communication (SOC), American University (AU). As a filmmaker, lecturer, and director, she has a very busy schedule but she still could manage our activities as the fellows there.

She always engages us with some interest and talented people, as well as invites and involves us in a good event. Like she connected us to some of AU alumni in National Geographic (NatGeo).

For me, learning from some of the filmmaker classes and joining some workshops or events are already awesome. As I am a backpack and an autodidact filmmaker who never learned from the filmmaking school, it was one of my good and unique opportunities to advance my professional career skill. But, visiting National Geographic and sharing there, I have never imagined it before.

My funny name tag

Maggie introduced us by email with some of AU alumni who work in National Geographic today. But before, she also had ten years of experience working there as the Director and Producer. Through Maggie, we know Angeli, Vanina, Megan, and Ashely.

Even, I did not have any plan to change my name, but Pinar ‘Gulinana’ became my new name in my first guest name tag at NatGeo. It was funny, but I loved it. That`s not bad.

Angeli facilitated us to their inner circle forum. Through her, we can enter this inside of the building. Cool, isn’t it?

Left is Angeli and Right is Vanina

We had 20 minutes to share our story and screen our short film. And, I appreciated every person that came on that day. Because, in their busy time and work, they still wanted to give me their precious time to listen to my presentation.

Introduction and sharing the issue

For me, when I could share this uncommon issue to them is one of good achievement as a campaigner and filmmaker to the community that I dedicated to. I knew it was not easy, especially when they never heard about Central Kalimantan, the indigenous people struggle and the more important is the Deforestation issue that we face today. Like on this presentation, I talked to them about Kinipan community in Batang Kawa sub-district, Lamandau district who still has struggled to keep their customary rainforest and nature from the occupation of the palm oil company. At least, giving them this news and information could make them aware of what happened on another side of this world. I hope there will be more chance like this for me to share and talk about this issue, one day in the future.

Screening the short film of Kinipan community

But our sharing and conversation did not stop only in that forum. After, Angeli and Vanina were talking separately with me and my roommate, Chale, at the 4th-floor canteen/kitchen.

I loved to share with them. Maybe, because we have been working on the same scope, then we could understand each other. Having a friend that works for the same issue made us encourage each other to struggle. Even the way that we choose is different from one to others. Like Angeli and Vanina, they work here at NatGeo while Chale and I work with our organisation and community, but at least, we could feel the solidarity and engage for it.

Same with our lunch conversation, a day after our last visit to NatGeo, we met Megan and Ashley at NatGeo canteen. They were really friendly. Talking about our work, listening about their experience, and sharing our story, it felt that you are not alone in the struggle with this issue.

Left is Ashley and Right is Megan

So, last but not least, I remember a professional filmmaker ever said.

“To be a filmmaker is not easy.”

Everybody can buy a camera. Everybody can use a camera. But, not everybody wants to survive on the struggle as a filmmaker, especially when the issue that you choose to be is uncommon and hard.

All the National Geographic Magazine Series

“There are many reasons to give up, but there will be more reasons not to give up!”

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