Balian (The Healer)

A film fifteen years in the making follows three Balian
(Balinese traditional healers)
over time and through triumph and tragedy.

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About the Project

The Film

Legendary filmmaker Alan Berliner saw an early cut of BALIAN and had a few things to say about it. Check out some thoughts he had on Balian here.

The Filmmaker

Daniel McGuire is the director of BALIAN (THE HEALER), a film Alan Berliner called "A magical portrait of a one-of-a-kind Indonesian trickster/healer." Dan's short documentary DUNK TANK CLOWNS (2014) screened at DOCNYC. It won Best Documentary at the Coney Island Film Festival and Audience Award at the New England Online Film Festival. His first feature documentary, CRASH COURSE: THE INDONESIAN STUDENT REVOLT (1999) was funded in part by the Open Society Foundation. He was formerly a correspondent for ABC news in Indonesia, and has worked as a field producer for most major news outlets. He has a BA from Wesleyan University, an MA from Northern Illinois University, and an MFA from the Vermont College of Fine Arts. He is married to Dr. Injil Abu Bakar and has two daughters.

Visit Dan's personal website here.

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