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Efforts and events in a long collaboration

James J. Fox
WithWorking with Tim Asch on ethnographic films on Roti in eastern Indonesia Introductory comment

Collaboration can be a complex affair. My collaboration with Tim Asch covered a period of well over ten years. Our work together had its assortment of ups and downs, successes and set-backs, but it did lead eventually to the production of two films, The Water of Words (Asch et al. 1983) and Spear and Sword (Asch et al. 1988), about life on the island of Roti. Much more footage exists from our two film trips together and there is the hope of yet more films to come. Let me explain how our collaboration came about and how it developed over the years.