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List of films on the 19th of October
Part of SOAS London Indonesian Film Screenings 2013

Film1

Cita Citaku Setinggi Tanah - Stepping on the Flying Grass (2012, 79 minutes)
Director :Eugene Panji
SOAS G2, 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
Family film suitable for all ages

A group of village school children talk about their dearest wishes. Since they’ve all been asked to write an essay about the topic they begin to think seriously about their dreams. Mey, a girl, is determined to become a famous actor. Agus would love to dine out at a Padang restaurant and eat a meal fit for a king. Mey practices her seductive smile – but perhaps her dream is not really her own but that of her ambitious mother? Agus doesn’t tell his parents anything about his dream but they barely get to see him during the next few weeks. He carves himself a bamboo piggy bank and seizes the opportunity to earn some cash as a courier. After a while, Agus realises that even small dreams can only come true if you work on them. The film, which starts off as a documentary, continues to follow its protagonists closely in order to portray the beauty of a simple but intact childhood in rural Indonesia.

Mentawai

Mentawai Tattoo Revival (2011, 32 minutes)
Director: Rahung Nasution
SOAS G2, 2:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Indonesian with English subtitles

Since February 2009, Aman Durga Sipatiti (a tattoo artist based in Jakarta) has made several visits to Matotonan and Sakuddei, in the interior of South Siberut in the mentawai islands.  The purposes of these visits was to document the tattoo tradition of Mentawai. The Mentawai tattoo tradition is almost ‘extinct’ and these days it only remains on Siberut because at the end of the 1970s the New Order ‘abolished’ the animist beliefs there. In addition to recording and documenting the tatto designs which still exist, Durga also collaborates with the sipatiti (Mentawai traditional tattooist) to hold a workshop and to finish their tattoos which had not yet been completed.

 

 

Film4

Peculiar Vacation and Other Illnesses - Vakansi Yang Janggal dan Penyakit Lainnya (2012, 90 minutes)
Director : Yosep Anggi Noen
SOAS G2, 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Indonesian and Javanese with English subtitles
Suitable for older audiences

Ning made up her mind to flee from her routine life as a wife right on her first day working in a furniture shop. With the driver Mur, Ning embarks on the snaky roads to feel the mountain's fresh air. They are supposed to deliver a sofa to a client in a remote village but they are trapped in a premature love. In the cabin, Ning finds the simple conversations she has been longing for. Meanwhile, in a house at the border of the city, a man called Jarot is trying to figure out the word "husband" while watching the matchmaking program on TV.

                                                          Programme Indonesia Kontemporer 2013