ASIAN PERSPECTIVES SHORT – COMPILATION 2

Srikandi

Indonesian Premiere
Pandapix
Canada / Indonesia
9 minutes
2020
Fantasy, Drama
Director: Andrea Nirmala Widjajanto
Writer: Andrea Nirmala Widjajanto
Producer: Matthew Herst, Andrea Nirmala Widjajanto
Cast: Rai Putriansyah, Rina Kusumajuda, Sutrisno Hartana

This fantasy drama is a modern retelling of an Indonesian myth of the same name. After her father’s death that took a toll on the family’s income, teenage Anjani struggles to regain control as her mother tries to sell the house, which doubled as her father’s puppetry studio. Little did she know that he has been teaching her the ways of a shadow puppeteer in private, as women are not allowed to practice it. When she returns to the puppets, Anjani is able to reconvene with her father’s spirit, learning one final lesson through the artform before she sets out to realize her own future – becoming a modern Srikandi.

Drama fantasi ini merupakan penceritaan ulang secara modern dari mitos Indonesia, Srikandi. Setelah kematian ayahnya yang berdampak pada pendapatan keluarga, Anjani berjuang untuk mengambil alih kendali ketika ibunya mencoba menjual rumah, yang merangkap sebagai studio wayang ayahnya. Sedikit yang ia tahu bahwa selama ini ayahnya telah mengajarkan cara-cara menjadi seorang dalang wayang, karena wanita tidak diperbolehkan untuk melakukannya. Ketika ia kembali ke wayang, Anjani dapat bertemu kembali dengan roh ayahnya, ia belajar satu pelajaran terakhir melalui seni sebelum dia memantapkan diri untuk mewujudkan masa depannya sendiri yaitu menjadi Srikandi modern.

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Director’s Profile

Andrea Nirmala Widjajanto

Andrea Nirmala Widjajanto is an Indonesian writer/director based in Vancouver, Canada. Her latest short SRIKANDI premiered at the 46th Toronto International Film Festival, Sundance Film Festival: Asia, and the 40th Vancouver International Film Festival. Her previous short THE ART OF FLAWSOME screened at the 2019 Whistler Film Festival. Most recently, she wrapped post-production for a short documentary she co-directed called BROWN ENOUGH. She is an alumna of Experimental Forest’s Writing is Rewriting Workshop in 2020 with her short script, (+1) DREAMIN’, and has been selected as a fellow at the 2021 VIFF Catalyst Mentorship Program. Andrea is currently in development for her first feature film, among other shorts.

Andrea Nirmala Widjajanto adalah seorang penulis/sutradara Indonesia yang tinggal di Vancouver, Kanada. “SRIKANDI”, film pendek terbarunya diputar perdana di the 46th Toronto International Film Festival, Sundance Film Festival: Asia, dan the 40th Vancouver International Film Festival. Film pendek sebelumnya “The Art of Flawsome” di the 2019 Whistler Film Festival. Baru-baru ini, dia menyelesaikan pasca produksi untuk sebuah film dokumenter pendek yang ia sutradarai bersama berjudul “Brown Enough”. Ia adalah alumni dari Experimental Forest’s Writing is Rewriting Workshop tahun 2020 dengan naskah pendeknya, (+1) DREAMIN’, dan terpilih menjadi VIFF Catalyst Mentorship Program Fellow 2021. Andrea saat ini sedang mengembangkan proyek film panjang pertamanya, di sela-sela film pendek lainnya.

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World Premiere
Bengkel Karya Kuma
Indonesia
14 minutes
2021
Fiction
Director: Paul Agusta
Writer: Paul Agusta
Producer: Priska Nathasia
Cast: Brigitta Cynthia & Sheila Miranda Bell

A couple (played by Brigitta Cynthia and Sheila Miranda Bell) at the end of their long-term relationship begin to question whether or not they completely knew each other.

Sepasang kekasih (diperankan oleh Brigitta Cynthia dan Sheila Miranda Bell) di akhir hubungan jangka panjang mereka mulai mempertanyakan apakah mereka benar-benar saling mengenal atau tidak.

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Director’s Profile

Paul Agusta

Paul was born in Jakarta but received his formal film education in America. He has written and directed over 50 short films and 5 feature films Including “Parts of the Heart” (2012) and “Daysleepers” (2018). His films have been shown in various international festivals such as International Film Festival Rotterdam, Vancouver International Film Festival, BiFan, and Jogja-NETPAC Asian Film Festival. He is currently developing his 6th feature film as well as coaching new actors in his Bengkel Acting Kuma acting workshop which he founded with Khiva Iskak.

Paul lahir di Jakarta tetapi menempuh pendidikan film formal di Amerika. Dia tel ah menulis dan menyutradarai lebih dari 50 film pendek dan 5 film layar lebar termasuk “Parts of the Heart” (2012) dan “Daysleepers” (2018). Film-filmnya telah diputar di berbagai festival internasional seperti International Film Festival Rotterdam, Vancouver International Film Festival, BiFan, dan Jogja-NETPAC Asian Film Festival. Saat ini ia sedang mengembangkan film layar lebar ke-6 serta melatih aktor-aktor baru dalam lokakarya acting di Bengkel Acting Kuma yang ia dirikan bersama Khiva Iskak.

Sungai

Asian Premiere
Rumah Dokumenter & Sayap Kiri Films
Indonesia
15 minutes
2021
Documentary
Director: Tonny Trimarsanto
Writer: Tonny Trimarsanto
Producer: ES Damayanti
Cast: Mbah Rubiyo, Eva Kurnia

The political crisis in 1965 is a trauma, terror, and violence inflicting tragedy. Most victims were murdered without trial. Rivers are stages of the massacre, which holds the tragedy.

Krisis politik 1965 adalah tragedi yang memunculkan trauma, teror dan kekerasan. Sebagian besar dibunuh tanpa pengadilan di banyak lokasi. Dan sungai adalah panggung pembantaian, yang menyimpan tragedi.

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Tonny Trimarsanto

Tonny Trimarsanto, a director and producer whose films were screened and awarded at various international film festivals. One of his work, “Serambi” competed in Un Certain Regard at the Cannes Film Festival

Tonny Trimarsanto, sutradara, produser, filmnya banyak diputar dan mendapat penghargaan di berbagai film festival internasional. Salah satu filmnya, “Serambi”, masuk kompetisi Un Certain Regard Cannes Film Festival.

Memories of the Sea

World Premiere
Kura Kura Terbang
Indonesia
19 minutes 
2021
Fiction
Director: Haris Yulianto
Writer: Haris Yuliyanto
Producer: Jovan Ardiansyah
Cast: Ari “Bubut” Widodo & Agus Kijang

Galon has been working overtime these days because now he is the only lighthouse keeper. He got an additional task to decorate the lighthouse room as a welcome for the president’s arrival as a form of announcing the port revitalization program in Indonesia. Along with the news of the program, the news about the passenger ship accident that was initially reported in an uproar slowly disappeared. This triggers the presence of Rusman, the spirit of Galon colleague who died about a month ago who was forced to return to the world to find news about his son who became a worker on the reported ship. Rusman’s appearance is good news for Galon, who has had to work alone all this time. Now Galon feels that he has friends who help and accompany him to work.

Galon (40), satu-satunya penjaga mercusuar disibukkan dengan tugas tambahan menghias isi bangunan guna menyambut kedatangan Pemimpin Negara dalam agenda peresmian proyek revitalisasi pelabuhan. Pada momen yang sama, berita kapal tenggelam membuat arwah Rusman (50), mantan rekan kerja Galon, kembali ke dunia manusia, untuk mengetahui kabar sang anak yang bekerja sebagai ABK di kapal nahas tersebut. Kedatangan Rusman, membuat Galon merasa senang, karena tugas tambahannya kian ringan. Namun, mendekati hari peresmian dan kabar tragedi kapal tenggelam yang makin jarang terdengar, membuat Galon kembali didatangi arwah misterius lain.

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Director’s Profile

Haris Yulianto

Haris Yuliyanto (1997, Indonesia) sudah akrab dengan lingkungan para pelaut sejak kecil. Hal ini membuat Haris tertarik untuk menjadikan isu maritim dan lingkungan pesisir sebagai pondasi cerita di tiap karyanya. Saat ini, Haris aktif sebagai seorang freelance filmmaker yang berbasis di Kota Semarang. Beberapa karya film pendeknya sudah mendapatkan apresiasi, baik di skala nasional maupun internasional, seperti 67th International Short Film Festival Oberhausen serta terpilih dalam shortlist nominasi Film Pendek Terbaik di Festival Film Indonesia 2021.

Haris Yuliyanto (1997, Indonesia) sudah akrab dengan lingkungan para pelaut sejak kecil. Hal ini membuat Haris tertarik untuk menjadikan isu maritim dan lingkungan pesisir sebagai pondasi cerita di tiap karyanya. Saat ini, Haris aktif sebagai seorang freelance filmmaker yang berbasis di Kota Semarang. Beberapa karya film pendeknya sudah mendapatkan apresiasi, baik di skala nasional maupun internasional, seperti 67th International Short Film Festival Oberhausen serta terpilih dalam shortlist nominasi Film Pendek Terbaik di Festival Film Indonesia 2021.

Mosahebeh

Indonesian Premiere
2 People Production
Iran, Ukraine
13 minutes
2020
Fiction
Director: Hanna Jalali
Writer: Hanna Jalali
Producer: Moeinoddin Jalali, Hanna Jalali
Cast: Erfaneh Nikpendar, Afsaneh Salehi, Arefeh Nikpendar, Zahra Dorali, Asieh Shekarchian, Ahmad Biria, Mohammad Shoushtarian Mofrad

“The story revolves around trust and mutual understanding between the two generations, between a mother and her daughter Azadeh.

Azadeh is a sports champion, but at home, her mother doesn’t take her accomplishments properly and tries to get her to be the person she wants. Nevertheless, when Azadeh managed to get an award in the sports championship, the mother considers this award as a new opportunity for her daughter and wants to get the most out of Azadeh’s award. She goes to extreme measures to get what she wants, to wit – to force Azadeh to give an interview with a journalist.”

“Bercerita tentang kepercayaan dan saling pengertian di antara dua generasi, antara seorang ibu dan putrinya, Azadeh.

Azadeh adalah seorang juara olahraga, tetapi di rumah, ibunya tidak memberikan pengakuan baik padanya dan berusaha mengubahnya menjadi seperti yang dia inginkan. Meskipun begitu, ketika Azadeh berhasil mendapatkan penghargaan dalam kejuaraan olahraga, sang ibu menganggap penghargaan ini sebagai peluang baru bagi putrinya dan ingin memanfaatkan penghargaan Azadeh secara maksimal. Ibu Azadeh melakukan tindakan ekstrem untuk mendapatkan sesuatu yang dia inginkan, yaitu memaksa Azadeh untuk diwawancara oleh seorang jurnalis.

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Director’s Profile

Hanna Jalali

Hanna Jalali was born in Ukraine. Studied at the Institute of Journalism of Taras Shevchenko Kyiv National University (BA in Journalism). In 2015 she was graduated from Kyiv National I.K. Karpenko-Kary Theater, Cinema and Television University (MA in Documentary Directing; MA in Film Production). Her first short film “After” was officially selected in several international film festivals and won some awards. In 2018 she was invited to participate in the 3rd Film school Alliance in Georgia, where she took a diploma from the masters and 3rd place audience award. In 2020 she took participation at the Kyoto Filmmakers Lab (KFL)(Masters session online) in Japan. Berlinale Talents 2021 alumna.

Hanna Jalali lahir di Ukraina. Ia belajar di Institute of Journalism of Taras Shevchenko Kyiv National University jurusan jurnalistik. Pada 2015 ia lulus dari Kyiv National I.K. Karpenko-Kary Theater, Cinema and Television University jurusan penyutradaraan dokumenter dan produksi film. Film pendek pertamanya “After” terpilih di beberapa festival film internasional dan memenangkan beberapa penghargaan. Pada tahun 2018, ia diundang untuk berpartisipasi dalam di Film school Alliance ke 3 di Georgia, di mana ia menamatkan pendidikan diploma dari para maestro dan mendapat peringkat ke-3 untuk penghargaan penonton. Pada tahun 2020, ia berpartisipasi di the Kyoto Filmmakers Lab (KFL)(Masters session online) di Jepang. Ia juga adalah Alumni Berlinale Talents 2021.

Bedsores

Asian Premiere
K3 Films Production
India
25 minutes
Fiction
Director: Navin Chandra Ganesh
Writer: Navin Chandra Ganesh
Producer: Krishan Khatra
Cast: Rakesh Kumar, Niyati Rathod, Shikha Khan, Sameer Dahiya, Nisha Vishwakarma, Dev K Razz, Diwakar Naveen Diwakar, Manisha Malhotra, Manoj Rohila

Kauri is four months pregnant & she is still doing prostitution. Her 9 year old daughter, Guddi has her dreams. She knows her mother will soon start preparing her for family based prostitution. Chohan wants to buy a girl child as his wife has again given birth to a boy & there is no one to earn bread in future. Sheetal wants to get pregnant with a girl child. She keeps her search going with men, who have more chances of giving her a girl child.

A tactical practice by this tribe to secure living & tradition as they grow old.

Kauri sedang hamil empat bulan dan dia masih bekerja sebagai pelacur. Putrinya yang berusia 9 tahun, Guddi memiliki cita-citanya sendiri. Dia tahu ibunya sebentar lagi akan mempersiapkannya untuk bekerja di bisnis prostitusi keluarga. Chohan ingin membeli anak perempuan karena istrinya melahirkan anak laki-laki lagi sehingga tidak ada yang akan mencari nafkah kelak. Sheetal ingin hamil anak perempuan. Dia terus mencari laki-laki yang memiliki peluang lebih banyak untuk memberinya anak perempuan.
Sebuah taktik yang dilakukan oleh suku ini untuk menjamin penghidupan & tradisi seiring bertambahnya usia mereka.

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Director’s Profile

Navin Chandra Ganesh

I am a Mumbai based self-taught independent filmmaker. Worked as Chief Assistant Director for Kismet Konnection, Kahaani Gudiya ki. Directed behind the scenes for Sarbjit. Worked on Oscar-nominated “Al-Risalah” (The Message, 1976) as a Creative Supervisor for theatrical release in India in the year 2008. Film was digitally remastered released & distributed in India by A.R Rahman. I moved on to directing numerous corporate videos, product print shoots & music videos.

All these efforts culminated in my debut work, a short film (“”The Blink of A Cursor”) which screened at Byron Bay International Film Festival, Australia, Independent Filmmakers Showcase, Los Angeles, and won three awards at The La New Wave International Film Festival (“Flyleaves”) a mid-length experimental film was selected at the NFDC FILM BAZAAR, GOA, 2012. It was in the Film Bazaar recommended films section (FBR Film) viewing room. The film never got completed due to funds. (“”Dark Frames””) my second short film premiered at the 37th Durban International Film Festival, Lights of Asia Competition – Jogja-NETPAC Asian Film Festival 2016-Nominated for The Blencong Award, NFDC Film bazaar viewing room, Signs- Federation of Film societies of India Kerala nominated for John Abraham nation awards. “Bedsores” is my third short film.

Saya adalah seorang pembuat film independen otodidak yang menetap di Mumbai. Saya bekerja sebagai Asisten Direktur Utama untuk Kismet Konnection, Kahaani Gudiya ki. Menyutradarai di balik layar film “Sarbjit”. Saya bekerja untuk film “Al-Risalah” yang masuk nominasi Oscar (The Message, 1976) sebagai Creative Supervisor pada perilisan kembali ke bioskop di India tahun 2008. Film ini di-remaster secara digital, dirilis dan didistribusikan di India oleh A.R Rahman. Saya beralih ke penyutradaraan banyak video perusahaan, pemotretan produk & video musik. Semua upaya ini memuncak dalam karya debut saya, yaitu sebuah film pendek yang berjudul “The Blink of A Cursor” yang diputar di Byron Bay International Film Festival, Australia, Independent Filmmakers Showcase, Los Angeles, dan memenangkan tiga penghargaan di The La New Wave International Film Festival. “Flyleaves”, sebuah film eksperimental mid-length dipilih di NFDC FILM BAZAAR, GOA, 2012. Itu di ruang menonton film yang direkomendasikan Bazaar Film (Film FBR). Film ini tidak pernah selesai karena persoalan pendanaan. “Dark Frames”, film pendek kedua saya tayang perdana di 37th Durban International Film Festival, Lights of Asia Competition, Jogja-NETPAC Asian Film Festival 2016, dinominasikan untuk The Blencong Award, diputar di ruang tonton bazaar Film NFDC , dinominasikan oleh Signs- Federation of Film society of India Kerala untuk mendapatkan penghargaan negara ”John Abraham”. “Bedsores” adalah film pendek ketiga saya.