Grit

ASIAN FEATURE


Director: Cynthia Wade & Sasha Friedlander

Duration: 80 minutes

Production: 2018

Country: United Sates

Category: Documentary

SCREENING


WORLD PREMIERE

SAT, 1 DES 2018 / CINEMAXX CINEMA A / 16:00

MON, 3 DES 2018 / EMPIRE XXI STUDIO B / 10:00

SYNOPSIS


When Dian was six years old, she heard a deep rumble and turned to see a tsunami of mud barreling towards her village. She remembers her mother scooping her up to save her from the boiling mud.

A decade later, nearly 60,000 people have been displaced from what was once a thriving industrial and residential area in East Java, located just 20 kilometers from Indonesia’s second largest city. Dozens of factories, schools and mosques are submerged 60 feet under a moonscape of cracked mud.

The majority of international scientists believe that Lapindo, a multinational company that was drilling for natural gas in 2006, accidentally struck an underground mud volcano and unleashed a violent flow of hot sludge from the earth’s depths. Ten years later, despite initial assurances to do so, Lapindo has not provided 80% of its promised reparations to the hundreds of victims of who lost everything in the mud explosion.

Dian is determined to rise out of the muddy life. She and her mother, along with many neighbors, fight against the corporate powers accused of one of the largest environmental disasters in recent history. The film bears witness to Dian’s transformation into a politically active teenager as she questions the role of corporate power and money in the institution of democracy itself.

Ketika Dian berusia enam tahun, ia mendengar suara gemuruh menggelegar, ia berbalik lalu melihat tsunami lumpur meluncur menuju desanya. Ia ingat digendong ibunya yang berusaha menyelamatkannya dari lumpur yang mendidih.

Satu dekade kemudian, hampir 60.000 orang telah dipindahkan dari tempat yang tadinya merupakan kawasan industri dan perumahan yang berkembang di Jawa Timur, terletak hanya dua puluh kilometer dari kota terbesar kedua di Indonesia. Lusinan pabrik, sekolah, dan masjid terendam enam puluh kaki di bawah daratan lumpur yang telah retak.

 Mayoritas ilmuwan internasional percaya bahwa Lapindo, sebuah perusahaan multinasional yang sedang mengebor gas alam pada tahun 2006, secara tidak sengaja mengenai gunung lumpur bawah tanah dan melepaskan aliran deras lumpur panas dari dalam bumi. Sepuluh tahun kemudian, meskipun tadinya sudah dijamin, Lapindo belum menyediakan 80% dari perbaikan yang dijanjikan kepada ratusan korban yang kehilangan segalanya dalam eksplosi lumpur.

Dian bertekad untuk bangkit dari hidupnya yang penuh lumpur. Ia dan ibunya, bersama dengan para tetangga, melawan kekuatan korporat yang didakwa sebagai penyebab salah satu bencana lingkungan terbesar dalam sejarah saat ini. Film ini menjadi saksi transformasi Dian menjadi remaja yang aktif secara politik saat ia mempertanyakan peran kekuasaan dan uang perusahaan dalam institusi demokrasi itu sendiri.

TRAILER


DIRECTOR


Cynthia Wade & 

Sasha Friedlander 

Director 1: Cynthia Wade
Cynthia Wade’s 2008 documentary Freeheld won a 2008 Academy Award for Best Documentary Short Subject, Special Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival, and 13 other awards. She was a lead producer on the 2015 fictionalized adaptation of Freeheld, starring Julianne Moore, Ellen Page, Steve Carell and Michael Shannon. Wade’s 2013 HBO documentary Mondays at Racine was nominated for an Academy Award in 2013. She is the director of the documentaries Grist for the Mill (1999, HBO), Shelter Dogs (2004, HBO), Born Sweet (2009), Living the Legacy (2009, Sundance Channel) and Generation Startup (2016, Netflix), and producer of The Gnomist (2015, CNN). She holds a BA from Smith College and an MA in Documentary Film Production from Stanford University. Wade has won more than 45 film awards worldwide.

Director 2: Sasha Friedlander
Sasha Friedlander directed, produced, shot and edited the feature-documentary Where Heaven Meets Hell. The film, set in East Java, Indonesia, won numerous prizes including Best Feature Documentary Film at the LA Asian Pacific Film Festival, Hawaii International Film Festival and Special Mention for Outstanding Cinematography at the LAAPFF. At the One World International Human Rights Film Festival in Prague, the Václav Havel Jury gave a Special Mention Award to Where Heaven Meets Hell for its “exceptional contribution to the defense of human rights.” The Alliance of Women Film Journalists awarded Sasha an EDA Award for Documentary Artistry in March 2013. This ITVS-funded film aired on PBS in 2013. Sasha’s has lived and worked in Indonesia. She is fluent in Indonesian and worked there as a journalist for several years. Sasha holds a BA from UCLA and an MFA in Social Documentary Film from the School of Visual Arts.

Sutradara 1: Cynthia Wade
Film dokumenter Freeheld karya Cynthia Wade di tahun 2008 memenangkan Academy Award 2008 untuk Best Documentary Short Subject, Special Jury Prize di Sundance Film Festival, dan tiga belas penghargaan lainnya. Ia merupakan pemimpin produser dari adaptasi fiksi dari Freeheld di tahun 2015, yang dibintangi oleh Julianne Moore, Ellen Page, Steve Carell dan Michael Shannon. Ia adalah sutradara dari film dokumenter Grist for the Mill (1999, HBO), Living the Legacy (2009, Sundance Channel) dan Generation Startup (2016, Netflix), dan produser dari The Gnomist (2015, CNN). Ia bergelar BA dari Smith College dan MA di jurusan Documentary Film Production dari Stanford University. Wade telah memenangkan lebih dari 45 penghargaan film di seluruh dunia.

Sutradara 2: Sasha Friedlander
Sasha Friedlander menyutradarai, memproduksi, mengambil gambar dan mengedit film dokumenter Where Heaven Meets Hell. Film yang mengambil tempat di Jawa Timur, Indonesia itu memenangkan pelbagai penghargaan termasuk Best Feature Documentary Film di LA Asian Pacific Film Festival, Hawaii International Film Festival dan Special Mention for Outstanding Cinematography di LAAPFF. Dalam One World International Human Rights Film Festival di Prague, the Václav Havel Jury memberi Special Mention Award kepada Where Heaven Meets Hell untuk “kontribusinya yang luar biasa bagi perlindungan hak asasi manusia”. The Alliance of Women Film Journalists memberikan Sasha EDA Award for Documentary Artistry pada Maret 2013.

Contact: 

Sasha Friedlander

sashafriedlander@gmail.com