This Is What It's Like to Live at the Edge of a Volcano

In Indonesia, more than 75 percent of the population lives within 100km of a volcano. This is higher than any other volcanic region in the world, forging a unique symbiosis between man and nature. Woven into the cultural fabric of the area, the ancient giants are still at the center of many local mystical belief systems and superstitions. Although the recent eruption of Mount Agung forced 70,000 Balinese from their homes, scientists estimate the volcano will enrich their lands with some of the most fertile soil on the planet.

Explore the unique relationship between the Indonesian people and their volcano neighbors in this experimental short from Justin Pelletier and Adam Maruniak at Brick Productions. Follow Adam Maruniak and Justin Pelletier on Instagram.

The Short Film Showcase spotlights exceptional short videos created by filmmakers from around the world and selected by National Geographic editors. We look for work that affirms National Geographic's belief in the power of science, exploration, and storytelling to change the world. The filmmakers created the content presented, and the opinions expressed are their own, not those of National Geographic Partners.

This Is What It's Like to Live at the Edge of a Volcano

In Indonesia, more than 75 percent of the population lives within 100km of a volcano. This is higher than any other volcanic region in the world, forging a unique symbiosis between man and nature. Woven into the cultural fabric of the area, the ancient giants are still at the center of many local mystical belief systems and superstitions. Although the recent eruption of Mount Agung forced 70,000 Balinese from their homes, scientists estimate the volcano will enrich their lands with some of the most fertile soil on the planet.

Explore the unique relationship between the Indonesian people and their volcano neighbors in this experimental short from Justin Pelletier and Adam Maruniak at Brick Productions. Follow Adam Maruniak and Justin Pelletier on Instagram.

The Short Film Showcase spotlights exceptional short videos created by filmmakers from around the world and selected by National Geographic editors. We look for work that affirms National Geographic's belief in the power of science, exploration, and storytelling to change the world. The filmmakers created the content presented, and the opinions expressed are their own, not those of National Geographic Partners.