We begin with an introduction to the Long Sa’an documentary from its Director Erick Erst, who takes us through why he felt compelled to make a film about the journey to Long Sa’an and the challenges he had in actually making it.
We are then transported to 1955, briefly glimpsing the journey and mode of travel taken by the Dayak indigenous people to travel about and reach Long Sa’an during the time when they called it their home.
We are then taken to 2014 in Jakarta (name of event?) where we see Kevin Locke performing his famous Hoop of Life Dance. Kevin is joined on stage by David Metcalf, Gede Robi, Rex Urwin & Philius, a Dayak Elder. They are together embarking on the journey to Long Sa’an with him.
Gede Robi introduces our protagonists and we learn that this expedition marks the coming together of two indigenous peoples from other sides of the planet. These are the Dayak Kenyah indigenous people from Philius’ tribe and the Lakota and Annishnaabe, represented by Kevin Locke.
Reaching Long Sa’an from the nearest other village takes a full month if you have to head through the rainforest. Fortunately, our explorers will be taking the quicker, though potentially more dangerous route by boat to their destination.
It has been over X years since the Dayak People have returned to Long Sa’an, so this is very much a coming home story and a deeply significant and symbolic moment for them.