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Culture Through Film Spring 2009 kta A Balinese Trance S é ance Linda Connor, Timothy Asch and Patsy Asch 1979, 30 m. Background The film documents a seance conducted by a Balinese medium, Jero Tapakan, in which  she channels the soul of a recently deceased person.  The deceased person’s family has  come to Jero in order to obtain information about the appropriate procedure for  conducting the funerary rites.  The medium enters into trance on several occasions  throughout the film.  These instances are brought on through prayer and meditation,  where the medium, sitting perched just above the attendants, is surrounded by an altar of  flowers, candles, and offerings of rice and money (payment for her services).  Once in  trance, Jero’s voice changes into a highly pitched tone and speaks rapidly and with a loud  volume.  The camera is situated to the side of the event and pans between Jero and the 
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