Bambang Kuntara Murti
Lajar Tanjap Film
Boyke Nugroho and Aseng Kuat are best friends who can not ignore the complexity of their sexual orientation. Both must live in pretense in Minisea, a dystopia town, which requires the inhabitants to be heterosexual and have children. The peculiar policy was ratified by Minisea’s mayor, Fuad Sihab (male, 40 years old), after Minisiea was rocked by a tremendous crisis of population growth.
Boyke (male, 30 years old) is a great motivator, and a public figure with many followers. As a homosexual, Boyke must keep his sexual orientation in secret. Aseng (male, 30 years old) is a sex vitality drugs trader and has many customers. As an asexual person, Aseng must be careful in covering his disinterests in sex to keep his customers’ trust in order to maintain his sex vitality drugs market. They keep their secret along with May Safitri (female, 25 years old), a prostitute who is willing to become Aseng’s wife.
Their silence ends when Boyke is upset with Fuad’s abusing power in Minisea. The people with a deviant sexual orientation are not only taken and rehabilitated, but also executed. Boyke is moved to fight Fuad politically, as such needs financial support from Aseng.
Fuad knows Boyke’s moves, and asks his aide to search any way to stop Boyke. Fuad begins to approach Mei, teasing her with the efficacy of Aseng’s drugs. Mei is easily slipped in Fuad’s trap. Mei betrays Aseng. Aseng and Boyke’s secret is revealed. Fuad uses it well. Chaos finally happens in Minisea.
Boyke is abducted and sentenced to death. Boyke’s supporters are splitted. Those inedible for provocation broke away and joined Fuad’s followers. The two groups seized Aseng’s drug store and destroyed it with all anger. Aseng manages to escape. Mei, who does not suspect the chaos, protests to Fuad but she falls into Fuad’s trap for the second time.
In the midst of the escape, Aseng, Mei, Boyke, and his followers draw up a plan to repay Fuad with the power they had. The success of their struggle is not only able to uproot Fuad from Minisea Mayor’s seat, but also able to transform Minisea as a town that recognizes the diversity of the sexual orientation of the inhabitants.
When I was getting married, many close friends congratulated “good for you” or “happy for you”. Nevertheless, problems in marriage are doubled than before. The good thing is, as a couple, my wife and I face each problem together.
A relationship between two persons in marriage is not as simple as I have ever imagined, which is not enough with only typical motives such as trust, honesty, communication, and commitment. Since each individual has different characterisitics, thus every relationship will have different problems and require different ways to solve. It can not be fixedly formulated.
The ideal relationships have diverse forms, and are not uniform. Therefore, the attempt to set a relationship as the “idealistic ” one will destroy the relationship itself.
I find that the beauty of relationship in marriage is in how each individual faces together all problems with the touch of each personality, without losing their own individual characteristics, and not mixing it up for a relationship. In the end, I question the ways to resolve problems in a relationship that involve other or external factors (religion, tradition, and state intervention). Should not problems in a relationship be solved internally by the two individuals without any third party interference?
Bambang Kuntara Murti
Bambang “Ipoenk” K.M. started making videos in 2001. His personal video project videorobber has produced two video compilations (videorobber #1/2007 and videorobber #2/2011). He has been involved in some video exhibitions and film festivals in several countries. His filmography includes Love Paper (2013), A New Beginning (2013), AMARTA (The Girl and Water) (2015), Let’s Play! (2017), all of which are produced by Lajar Tantjap Film.
Senoaji Julius was born in 1977 in Semarang, and studied Javanese Literature in Universitas Gajah Mada. He went to Drama School, Box Hill Institute Victoria, Australia in 1997. He joined Fourcolours Films in 2002. He gathered other filmmakers in Yogyakarta and established Hompympaa Artworks, a film production house, in 2014. He is a acriptwriter, director, and producer. He is also a lecturer at Jogja Film Academy.
Lajar Tantjap was established in 2002 in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. It was a film production community at the beginning, then it developed as a legal institution named CV Lajar Tantjap which produces film, music video, TV ads, and film workshop.