A Balinese Trance Seance

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A Balinese Trance Seance
Directed by Tim Asch
Distributed by Documentary Educational Resources
Release date
  • 1979 (1979)
Running time
47 minutes
Country United States
Language English

A Balinese Trance Seance is a 1979 documentary film by ethnographic filmmaker Tim Asch and anthropologist Linda Connor that profiles Jero Tapakan, a Balinese spirit medium. It was one of five films that were made with Jero Tapakan and were considered to be exemplary ethnographic films.[1]

The film was the first in the series; the later films were: Jero on Jero: "A Balinese Trance Seance" Observed (1981), The Medium is the Masseuse: A Balinese Massage (1983), and Jero Tapakan: Stories From the Life of a Balinese Healer (1983).[2]


  1. ^ Alexander, Paul (1998) "Jero Tapakan: Balinese Healer. An Ethnographic Film Monograph". The Australian Journal of Anthropology January, 1998
  2. ^ Sherzer, Joel (1998) "Jero Tapakan: Balinese Healer, An Ethnographic Film Monograph". Oceania

Further reading[edit]

  • Linda Connor, Patsy Asch and Timothy Asch (1986) Jero Tapakan: Balinese Healer. An Ethnographic Film Monograph. Monograph No. 9, Ethnographics Press, Los Angeles: University of Southern California, (1986) 1996 2nd Edition. ISBN 1-878986-07-4.

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