The movie The Tsunami of New Dreams presents the perspective of individuals who lived through a devastating natural hazard and recovered from it. In addition to interviews in Indonesian and Acehnese we explored creative ways to use animation for communicating the emotions of the survivors to a mainstream audience.
Praying at the Grand Mosque in Banda Aceh. Religion plays a dominant and dual
role in Acehnese daily life, providing the community with a deterministic
view of life but also with the possibility of spiritual relief.
The Tsunami of New Dreams was filmed between 2011-2020 in Banda Aceh, Aceh Besar and surrounding areas. The initial intent of the film was to document the field research of a scientific team at the Earth Observatory of Singapore. A short of that research can be seen below. As the research on historical tsunami deposits took much longer than expected we started to explore the experiences of survivors from the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. We wanted to know how they had returned to daily life after the disaster. So our small team continued to slowly work with a new focus as time and funding permitted. The scientific research is still in progress as of 2019.
A Tale of Two Tsunamis is a short film that documents scientific research
on early historical tsunamis in the Aceh province in Indonesia.