Riyanto Tan Agraha
Lookout Pictures Indonesia
A kid who usually steals fish at the fish auction decides to go out to the sea because his house and the fish auction are no longer giving him the sense of security he needs.
Huda (12yo) is a kid who steals fish at the fish auction in Pekalongan. He finally decides to go out to the sea. This has been his will since his brother left him and went out to the sea. Huda asks some helps from Sarko, a teenager who will join the fishermen to go out to the sea, but Sarko always refuses to help Huda since Huda is still too young. His urge to join the ship’s crew is getting bigger when Parno, the leader of one of the ‘reed crews’ (a name that is given to the groups who steal fish), starts to annoy Huda’s existence at the fish auction. To make his dream comes true, Huda bribes Sarko so that he is willing to help him, but unfortunately he has to deal with few people, including his father and also Sarko. Huda is helpless. His hope about freedom and security really depends on the sea. In his indecision, he meets Dewi Lanjar for a few times. Dewi Lanjar is a mysterious old woman who always persuades Huda to go with her.
There are so many children in Indonesia that became orphan at their early age. These children can be found anywhere, either in cities or villages. They fight for their own survival and they might also work hard like adults, facing threats, becoming the target of crime, and experiencing other adult problems. These circumstances certainly affect their mental development. These children are supposed to enjoy their beautiful childhood. Family, supposedly being the front liner supporting the children’s development, starts to be eroded by routines and fake ambitions. When the family and neighborhood are no longer “safe”, these children are driven to look for a more “comfortable” place. What they want is just escaping the hard circumstances. Our ignorance takes away those children’s rights. The reeds (read: kids who steal fish) are the silent witness of our ignorance. They need to feel safe.
Khusnul Khitam was born in Pekalongan on 14 of April 1982. He studied communication study in Universitas Sebelas Maret Surakarta. Who am I (2002) is his first short film. In 2010, he made two short films as a director and screenwriter. The first is entitled Debt, a film with a duration around 24 minutes (screened for competition at Balinale International Film Festival 2010, won several awards such as Best Sreenplay in Indonesian Film Festival 2010, Best Film in Hut TVRI 2010, Best Story Idea in MAFVIEFEST 2010, screened as Panorama Film in Asia-Africa Film Festival, and nominated for Acffest 2013), while the second is Ramadan Charity Box, a film with a duration around 12 minutes (won Special Jury Credit at Indonesian Film Festival 2011, and became Official Selection for Solo Film Festival). Khusnul’s fourth short film entitled Mouse was nominated for best short film at Indonesian Film Festival in 2013, and became the Official Selection at JAFF-Jogja Asian Film Festival & Solo Film Festival.
Riyanto Tan Ageraha
Riyanto Tan Ageraha was born on 13 March 1978 in Bantul, Yogyakarta. His passion for art began when he chose to study theater at SMKI Negeri Yogyakarta in 1996. In 1997, he became the best male actor in a high school theater festival in Yogyakarta. In 2001, he made his first short film entitled Twenty-Four Hours as a producer, director, and also screenwriter. In 2004, his anxiety to make a movie encouraged him to gather his colleagues and create a community named Lookout Picture Indonesia. This is the community that becomes his home in movie making.
LookOut Pictures Indonesia is a production house located in Yogyakarta. Since 2004, it has joined film community forum. It is also active in making short films and some of them have won awards in film festivals. Now, LookOut Pictures Indonesia becomes a kind of terminal for new ideas. Various creators from various backgrounds gather and discuss sporadically and make ideas realized in the form of films. It is also known as a group of people who continue to learn.