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CHILDREN OF BALI revolves around a 12-year-old Balinese girl, Wayan (the eldest) and her family. We see what she does during the day as well as getting a sense of how children live in Bali. She has a number of duties including preparing the family's breakfast, going to the market, making the little offerings to be left out to the gods, washing clothes in the creek, sweeping the compound. All these things are done with siblings and friends making it a time of laughter and fun. The whole village becomes involved with a visit to the traditional medicine man and out to the rice paddies where the children play, knee deep in mud. The children prepare the school yard for the festival celebrating Saraswati - the goddess of knowledge. Prayers and ceremonial activities are rounded off with a cleansing dip in the river - but that too becomes an exuberant expression of the Balinese spirit and sense of fun.

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Jacqui Sykes
Jacqui Sykes
Executive Producers
Claire Henderson


Noni Hazlehurst

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Australian Broadcasting Corporation


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