Lau kopot’o – Bearer of culture

Trailer – In her village Hulaliu on the island of Haruku near Ambon, Augustina Noija-Laisina – called Grandma Au – learned the song Lau Kopot’o. In it, the ancestors are called to send fireflies to light the way in the dark. This also means the call for ‘enlightenment’ in difficult times. When Grandma Au came to the Netherlands at a young age, she passed the song on to her children and grandchildren to transfer the culture of her native village to future generations. Her granddaughter Mala Noija tells what Lau Kopot’o means to her and what her grandmother used to tell her.


The documentary ‘Lau kopot o – Bearer of culture’ and a selection of different portraits are currently (from October 2019 – January 2021) displayed in the long-term exhibition ‘WORLDS IN MOTION. Narrating Migration’ in the Weltkulturen Museum in Frankfurt am Main, Germany.


This documentary is part of the ‘Mahina – An ode to women’ cultural project. Screened at various locations during the traveling exhibition in the Netherlands. Made by Teru collective: Jaïr Pattipeilohy, Lesli Taihuttu and Atêf Sitanala. More info:
Mahina – An ode to women
– Website: www.mahina.nu