Blowpipe Maker Shares Rare, Ancient Craft

In “Balan the Blowpipe Maker,” filmmaker Ross Harrison introduces viewers to an indigenous Malaysian elder and craftsman. "Only a few elders of Borneo’s Penan tribe still know how to make their unique hunting tool, the blowpipe. Balan is the last person in his village who practices the craft," says Harrison. This short video incorporates footage from Harrison’s 30-minute documentary Sunset Over Selungo, which will be released in late September and focuses on rain forest protection and land rights in Malaysian Borneo.

See more from Ross Harrison, learn about Sunset Over Selungo, and visit the full-length documentary's Facebook page.

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. To submit a film for consideration, please email sfs@natgeo.com. The filmmakers created the content presented, and the opinions expressed are their own, not those of National Geographic Partners.

Blowpipe Maker Shares Rare, Ancient Craft

In “Balan the Blowpipe Maker,” filmmaker Ross Harrison introduces viewers to an indigenous Malaysian elder and craftsman. "Only a few elders of Borneo’s Penan tribe still know how to make their unique hunting tool, the blowpipe. Balan is the last person in his village who practices the craft," says Harrison. This short video incorporates footage from Harrison’s 30-minute documentary Sunset Over Selungo, which will be released in late September and focuses on rain forest protection and land rights in Malaysian Borneo.

See more from Ross Harrison, learn about Sunset Over Selungo, and visit the full-length documentary's Facebook page.

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. To submit a film for consideration, please email sfs@natgeo.com. The filmmakers created the content presented, and the opinions expressed are their own, not those of National Geographic Partners.