Bali : They Paved Paradise

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  • From the Bintang boulevards of Bali's most popular beaches to the spiritual heartland of Ubud in the island's high country, there's a growing resistance to rampant development and tourism at any cost. Young Balinese are angry about the cultural and environmental impact of millions of international visitors and the staggering hotel and commercial construction that's gobbling up their island. So they're mobilizing. This program looks at the groundswell of sentiment that wants to steer Bali away from being a playground filled with raucous bars and clubs and a colossal receptacle for the garbage and detritus that millions of tourists generate. Spotlighting a wide range of sociopolitical strategies, the film introduces viewers to an unlikely coalition of surfers, rockers, activists, and royalty who are saying, "Enough is enough-give us back our Bali!


  • Encoded with permission for digital streaming by Films Media Group on October 22, 2012.
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  • Champion Surfer Mega Semadhi (2:47) -- Sewage Seeps to the Surf (3:33) -- Population and Tourism Explosion (1:22) -- Surfers Worry About Future of Bali (1:18) -- Younger Generation Speaks Out (3:17) -- Key Resources at Risk (2:24) -- Ubud: Cultural Heart of Bali (3:08) -- Preserving Cultural Heritage (2:05) -- Deeply Spiritual Balinese People (3:21) -- Reject Trappings of Western Civilization (2:59) -- Credits: Bali: They Paved Paradise (0:44)
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