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Our Land is the Sea (2018)

Our Land is the Sea (Indonesian title: Air Tanahku) is the first film in the two-film Voicing Diversity series. There are accompanying educational materials, including a reading list.

The Voicing Diversity Project is a collaboration between the Center for Southeast Asian Studies UHM and the Center for Cross-cultural Studies at Gadjah Mada University, a research and public education center that focuses on religious life in Indonesia and the diversity it contains.

These films were supported by a grant from the US Department of Education as part of the Center’s Religion and Diversity Initiative. The project aims at creating educational resources on diversity in Southeast Asia for educational institutions in the US and Indonesia.

Our Land is the Sea is currently being shown in universities and other public spaces around Indonesia in open forums to encourage discussion about the issues of religious and cultural diversity, indigenous rights, culture and environment, and conservation.


  • September 2018 – Film premiered at the Bali International Film Festival
  • August 8, 2018 – Film Screening and Discussion at the @america center in Jakarta, Indonesia. This was part of the Road to Our Ocean Conference 2018. You can watch the recording of this event below or on our Vimeo page.
  • June 2018 – Dr. Kelli Swazey talks about the project at TEDxUbud. You can watch the talk below or on YouTube.

Full Film

For those with issues accessing Vimeo, the film is also available on YouTube.

Our Land is the Sea

Our Land is the Sea/Air Tanahku (2018, Indonesian with English subtitles) is a 26-minute documentary about three generations of a Bajau family in Wakatobi National Park, Indonesia, who are navigating drastic cultural and environmental change.

Film Trailer

Our Land is the Sea: Official Trailer

Our Land is the Sea is a short documentary about three generations of a seafaring Bajau family in Indonesia facing drastic environmental and cultural change. Who will they become if they can no longer rely on the sea?

August 2018 Film Screening & Discussion

This is the recording of the August 8, 2018 premiere at the @america center in Jakarta.

Road to Our Ocean Conference 2018: Our Land is the Sea

The premiere of Our Land is the Sea / Air Tanahku at the @america Center in Jakarta, Indonesia on August 8, 2018. Includes film screening and discussion.

Dr. Kelli Swazey at TEDxUbud

Dr. Swazey discusses the film in her talk titled “How biodiversity and cultural diversity are inexorably linked”.