tv Doc Film - The Child Jockeys of Sumba Deutsche Welle January 4, 2018 8:15pm-9:00pm CET
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a gentle pats on the head now that things will get wild and dangerous later. how do you really. find it that is like. a bud light. sherrill's big dream of becoming a racing jockey will probably never come true the eleven year old has been left paralyzed on one side of his body after a riding accident meanwhile cheryl's twin brother shall rule is banking on winning the forthcoming wholes race he's risking a lot but his family needs the money. well
yes that's sad that. get on the eat eat eat eat all of the big deal yet it was. last. shareowner sherrill still lying half asleep under their blankets in the jockey camp . the sun has only just risen their father has been up since early morning. he massages sheryll stiff muscles and joints as he does every morning everything hurts. sorry. cheryl so he can relax and his and and peg. i want cheryl to feel
some by an island in the far east of indonesia looks like paradise. the father takes his two sons shall roll and cheryl and their horse down to a gorgeous ocean the twins grew up on horseback they love their animals like everyone on some bar it's a big day on the island today the day of the big race. you're . going to. the in the.
morning a. good karma. war. and a fellow cut deer you know that. the jockeys families have pitched their tents around the arena the twins show roland sherrill i hear too many of the jockeys on hold of them twelve and the youngest to just for the smaller and lighter they are the faster the horses can run and the better the chances of winning every morning sure old ties a good luck charm given to him by a shaman around his tummy. and challenge here. because you are much. more thorough if it. there's been horse racing
on some furs long as people can remember. more than five hundred horses will start the race they've come from all over indonesia's network of islands bali long box some flores it's a carnival of horses cheryl will race a few times today and every time the risk is neck. home i hope cheryl will win i pray to god if he wins we'll be happy. if you loses so be it. and share
all of the other children where hardly any protective gear just a light helmet in a cloth mask to protect them from the dust and sun. the jockeys carry a crop but otherwise ride barefoot and without a saddle that's another reason why these races are so dangerous and let. me meet. with. the crowd is made up of gamblers they're all hyped up and excited they can earn a lot of money at the races and gambling is actually illegal in indonesia as is child labor but on this whole sea island tradition trumps the law. the guy. that got it we love betty my son's
a jockey to the six. he's brought home a lot of money. because i was. sure all of the others wait for the start signal the race last two crazy minutes a long circuit through the dust. i thought of the. horse racing used to be fun between neighbors but then more and more money came into play it's a tough business on the backs of the horses and the children cheryl doesn't come first this time he missed the chance of a big win. but. back at the back to muster. up more.
ryland that father packed their things even before the grand finale sheryl will soon get another chance. in a few days' time the three will head to the next big race on the neighboring island some by that one will be really tough. the twins share all and cheryl has been traveling the country with their father since they were four they're inseparable sumbawa is one of indonesia's poorest
a club that i'm battling. a good cause and i think. the. one on. the right. it's six o'clock in the morning cheryl and sherrill awake from their slumber as their mother has made rice with a bit of age for breakfast. this week. as well as the new ones in. the family lead a simple life there is no running water. everything happens in the stream next to the paddy fields. brushing their teeth washing their hands they
can always be. easy to raise twins but the mother lovingly looks after her two sons . they have. a completely identical when she wants to wear a red shirt chair real well i also want to read their twins but cherry a has this disability sometimes i have to warn shamrock to be more considerate. it's the first day of school after ten days at the racetrack and even before that the two played hooky to race instead of going to school cheryl i'm sure really are looking forward to seeing their friends and having lessons again. on.
school is compulsory in indonesia but nobody has a problem with the fact that cheryl and shari'a law absent some much not even my teachers but how much more will the other children already of land. the school day starts in the same way as always with the roll call shall roll and cheryl have to stand still for a quarter of an hour the brothers find that a struggle. through we're going. they want to be far away from the teacher cheryl and surely are in the back row but
they actually enjoy school a lot. my come to my mind boy i'm puttin funky. in my. mind get. the lads dat. cheryl and cheryl are the only ones in their class who have gone through so much of the time they missed two or three months of school play year they can't read or write particularly well they have a lot of catching up to do suddenly them out but it can be said that the show rulon chair real are quite active sometimes they fight and then one of the most start crying the out begins the one the one we miss them when they're not here sitting and taking the money. yes. i know.
some moms. can be. me my think. that. even though everyone says cheryl unsure real are so similar cheryl still seems to have more jokes up his sleeve. i love. that. i. shall rule and sure really have the energy of well race horses they're not necessarily born for the classroom but the twins love playing volleyball in the schoolyard and enjoy being outside. their.
to their mother is bathing her nieces daughter family is everything on some bar it provides stability and security some neighbors are about to arrive. yet. now learn. that their father has invited them that's part of the tradition too the boys are on the go for ten days now they'll be a feast as they're all reunited. ok. i miss them so much i tend to go to the races but we just have a newborn in the family that means i have to stay back and help i'm overjoyed that challenge ariel are back again i'm. sure all also missed his mother but he missed his beloved horse just as much. only from the movie.
the boat at the. mother decided under. the family to whatever they can afford the mother was killed a chicken meat and bones chicken broth rice vegetables the neighbors of arrived all men it just said a prayer of thanks that everyone has returned healthy from the race and beam. thirty. two. of them. my grandfather had always says and my father had horses. now i have horses and so it goes. on. so several ways been a part of our lives we believe we need them to be a complete man you need
a good woman a weapon to defend yourself and first and foremost a fast. roll will start in some bush or glee if he's not scared i asked him and he said he'd be brave like this one but i know. now everyone is hungry but the rules are clear on some bar first the men in the hot then the women and children outside under the bamboo owning. up to take you live. every now and then sherrill and charles mother takes them to a healer. the shaman wants to ease sherrill's pain with massage using an oil made from coconut and onions. cheryl is right arm is power lies to. his hip was broken and hasn't grown back together properly. sat down
in my book after the accident i thought chair real would die he really need surgery in our hospital but his parents said they would prefer for him to be treated in the traditional way. the entire side of shrills body hurts. he can't remember how he fell off the horse. he was training on one that was much too big and wild for him. will not be for. one to do the business. now. before before mom. many child jockeys could be healed but very few families can afford a doctor as a result many families turn to their village shaman who they trust.
after five days at home shari'a moved for the first time ever since then it's been improving little by little from a little bit more than. some families achieve wealth and fame through horse racing but others a plunged into poverty. some neighbors flags celebrate their latest wins during the races in some. but the house next door also displays pictures of a young boy i one was just eight years old when he died. there. the truck was muddy. i once saw slipped in the curb and fell. on his seat that my son fell off and was kicked in the head. holding out one hundred and. the parents of raised four children all four were jockeys.
and does it the dordogne my. master knew nothing missing. on one side on a horse for the first time when he was just two he had his first race at four i thought he had his last. breath and yeah i always looked after i won but on that day i wasn't able to help him it's still really hurts and the fact that. i won is buried near the house on the outskirts of the village on the way to the cemetery more and more children all are ones former classmates followed us to see what we were doing he was laid to rest here last spring under the flowers next to his great grandmother. riding and death part of our lives. sometimes i dream about taiwan.
cheryl and cheryl and back at the racetrack cheryl is training for the next big race on the neighboring island. where. you go this is often belong to richer families they let child jockeys ride them and then claim the winnings. sheryl gets a wage for every race the horses are semi wild and hard to control without a saddle all right. if a horse runs in a straight line it means the boys can control it and that's how long we have to
train for. we can go to the race before the ox and definitely not to. this bend is always the hairiest part sheryl's horse nearly hit the fence at full tilt it was so fast even our camera couldn't catch it on the homestretch the horse bolts again cheryl can hardly stay on. a little bit not. ok in a lot of a lot of the folks that make up that was i am going to say what that will be a lot but. the big day is coming closer the rice on somebody it's their last evening at home with their friends the last chance to be a child again before heading back to the racetrack. no. more
a jersey and whip that's what jockeys pack when they travel. they're best friends have all come to say goodbye to their mother can't go with them she has to look after her nieces baby again. and let the little. boy i pray to god the chariot and my husband come back healthy. but you know. that they have a good race and bring back some money for our family. back in the lonely. us most people on some are devout muslims and sherrill and sheryl's father says a prayer even though cheryl's the only one who can still ride the twins have a common goal to return home as winners.
from the world. you know the three reached the coast at dawn. summers an island like no other long white sandy beaches clear water gentle mountain slopes many people here animists believing in nature and local gods and spirits their customs and habits haven't changed in one hundred years. but. the race has its roots to the horses
a weighed in the size and age recorded the jockeys are supposed to have equal chances during the races do i not. close the door delmonico obvious up and we're going to weigh the horse measure it and look at its teeth you can tell the age of the horse that way is it two four or maybe six years old but that we have three age categories us young adolescent and adult negrete about in this caliber. you're. going to everyone and some beloved soul says we have a motto daiwa the soul of the horse is also part of your own soul if. the horse races here take place once a year they're quite unique unlike anything anywhere else to do the job
once to win has to put up with a lot so why was this need be some of of out. oh but they're not going to like the weather and by sunset all the horses have been registered and the starting scene is paid the big day can come to us by the. fire going on about it. and in the morning the dry red dust is hanging in the air on the sun is scorching. cheryl and cheryl can hardly wait they're among the first to arrive at the racetrack today. with. the family set up camp in the shade of the tree is.
a different world tougher and more unforgiving the racetrack is twice as long and the horse is a much bigger sheryl's father is worried. that if. the fences in very high heel very stable the whole system can easily break free they are much stronger than i was back home and that would mean that the best are going to out him. and i know from somebody has booked cheryl for two races today at the moment the starting box still resembles an adventure playground but soon it will become part of a messiness racing machine cheryl dreams a victory. lap
with. not that. i'm sad that. he was. given. the race and somebody is also a new experience for sharon it's fast rough and dangerous. but cheryl falters watched by the gamble as some of him of but a lot of money on him winning he manages to regain control just in time but then falls off just be full of finish.
but cheryl is ok he just needs a good shake to realign his joints. that's how fools and don't we here in the red dust of samoa was an. annex to all souls in the jockey is lucky to get away with a great show. oh i. hear it and. that everything heads but at least he's still in one piece at a time and going to. be. there for. every. day there's always a little bit of the blood but nobody's been killed yet the kids ride they fall off and we house. was.
that. was. i'll give you that. for now. i'm not about. all of that that i know that you know. that any. parts of the planet. from the from the summer. the races will last for the whole week i'm sure rule will compete a few more times but this year he won't be taking home much money. the. horse race is a like a temptation that sucks in people until they all forget all the risks and dangers. just one thing matters winning a moped
a car wants of cash how long will cheryl continue risking his neck for this. it is. going to. get dangerously. hurt. but. you're. up for. that. in fact no more than two years because then he'll be too heavy and too big for racing that's when the twins will start a new life the dream is to go to school every day like their friends a normal childhood but it won't be easy will they actually make it that far.
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