ASIAN PERSPECTIVES SHORT – COMPILATION 4

Indonesian Learn Kappa Hunting Techniques

Belum Mati Studio
Japan
25 minutes
2021
Fiction
Director: Takuro Kotaka
Writer: Takuro Kotaka
Producer: Takuro Kotaka
Cast: Cicih Handika, Rully, Fitri Kataoka

During the 2021 pandemic, the Japanese economy is in decline. Currently, working foreign technical interns (Ginou Jisyusei) including Indonesians, are in a difficult situation. Because they face one-sided discrimination, wage reduction, and job losses caused by the Japanese government and big companies. A very big social problem in Japan today, because like the the 21st century slavery in Japan, “Indonesian learn Kappa Hunting techniques” (2021)”, in this short film directed by Takuro Kotaka was produced in the city of Shimada, during PPKM. He collaborated with Indonesians who were in difficult situations. His work contains irony for Japanese society. To briefly explain the story of this film, a technical intern trainee from Indonesia learns to hunt with local hunters in Japan. “How to hunt ‘Kappa’ which is said to be effective as a traditional corona medicine. Of course ‘Kappa’ is a fictional Japanese monster. Kotaka thinks of a fictional story about hunting Kappa whose meat can serve as a cure for the coronavirus. All characters are played by local people, not professional actors. This work is a mockumentary work that combines documentary and fiction. Currently the governments of Japan, Indonesia and around the world are preaching a lot of lies. We currently have many difficulties and problems for which there is no solution. While viewing this work, a solution to find hope in an endless world of pandemics may emerge.

Selama pandemi tahun 2021, Ekonomi Jepang menurun, sekarang pemagang teknis asing bekerja (Ginou Jisyusei) termasuk orang Indonesia, berada dalam situasi yang sulit. Karena mereka secara sepihak menghadapi diskriminasi, dikurangi gajinya, kehilangan pekerjaan yang disebabkan oleh pemerintah Jepang dan perusahaan besar. Masalah sosial yang sangat besar di Jepang saat ini, karena seperti perbudakan di abad ke-21 di Jepang.

《Indonesian learn Kappa hunting techniques (2021)》dalam film pendek ini yang disutradarai Takuro Kotaka diproduksi di kota-Shimada, selama PPKM. Ia berkolaborasi dengan orang Indonesia yang berada dalam situasi sulit. Karyanya mengandung ironi bagi masyarakat Jepang.

Untuk menjelaskan secara singkat cerita film ini, Seorang trainee praktek kerja dari Indonesia belajar berburu bersama pemburu lokal di Jepang. Bagaimana cara berburu ‘Kappa’ yang dikatakan efektif sebagai obat tradisional corona. Tentu saja ‘Kappa’ adalah monster fiksi Jepang. Kotaka berpikir sebuah cerita fiksi tentang berburu Kappa yang dagingnya dapat berfungsi untuk obat corona. Semua karakter diperankan oleh orang lokal bukan aktor profesional. Karya ini merupakan karya mockumentary yang memadukan antara dokumenter dan fiksi. Saat ini pamarintah Jepang, Indonesia dan diseluruh dunia banyak memberitakan kebohongan. Kita saat ini banyak kesulitan dan masalah yang belum ada solusinya. Saat melihat karya ini, solusi untuk menemukan harapan di dunia pandemi yang tak ada habisnya mungkin muncul

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Director’s Profile

Takuro Kotaka

Lahir di Saitama Jepang Tahun 1984 merupakan stradara film dan seniman kontemporer yang berkarya secara lintas media. Karya-karyanya banyak mengangkat tema yang melekat pada narasi keseharian seperti mitos, rumor, simbol-simbol yang sudah mulai dilupakan yang memiliki keterkaitan dengan isu politis yang disajikan dengan pendekatan humor, scient fiction dan fiksi/dokumenter.

Karyanya telah diikutsertakan di beberapa festival film dan pameran seni di berbagai negara, pameran yang pernah diikutinya antara lain ‘Bangkok Biennal 2018′ (Patani Art Space, Patani), ’16th Festival Film Documenter Yogyakarta 2017′ (Taman Budaya, Yogyakarta),’Jakarta Biennale XIII ARENA 2009’ (Indonesia National Gallery, Jakarta), ‘KITA!! Japanese Artist Meet Indonesia 2008′ (Selasar Sunaryo Art Space, Bandung), ’56th Intemational Short Film Festival Oberhausen 2009’ (Lichtburg Filmpalast, Oberhausen)

Tahun 2017-2018 terpilih dalam program Agency For Cultural Affair of The Japanese Goverment dan tahun 2019-2021 artis program POLA Art Foundation.
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Takuro Kotaka was born in Saitama, Japan in 1984) is a film director and contemporary artist who works across media. Many of his works raise themes that are attached to daily narratives such as myths, rumors, symbols that have started to be forgotten with links to political issues presented with humor, science fiction and fiction/documentary approaches. His works have been included in several film festivals and art exhibitions in various countries, the exhibitions he has participated in include ‘Bangkok Biennal 2018′ (Patani Art Space, Patani), ’16th Festival Film Dokumenter Yogyakarta 2017’ (Taman Budaya, Yogyakarta), ‘Jakarta Biennale XIII ARENA 2009’ (Indonesia National Gallery, Jakarta), ‘WE!! Japanese Artist Meet Indonesia 2008′ (Selasar Sunaryo Art Space, Bandung), ’56th International Short Film Festival Oberhausen 2009’ (Lichtburg Filmpalast, Oberhausen) In 2017-2018, he was selected in the Agency For Cultural Affair of The Japanese Government program and in 2019-2021 Artist Program POLA Art Foundation.

How to Die Young in Manila

Indonesian Premiere
Daluyong Studios
Philippines
12 minutes
2020
Fiction
Director: Petersen Vargas
Writer: Petersen Vargas, Kaj Palanca, Jade Francis Castro
Producer: Alemberg Ang, Jade Francis Castro
Cast: Elijah Canlas, Kokoy de Santos, Miguel Almendras, Shu Calleja, Kych Minemoto

A teenage boy follows a group of young hustlers when he sees them on the street, thinking one of them may be the anonymous hook-up he has arranged to meet for the night. As he anxiously finds a way to get closer, each of the other boys inexplicably turn up as dead bodies strewn in pavements, until only one of them is left.

Seorang remaja laki-laki mengikuti sekelompok penipu muda ketika dia melihat mereka di jalan, dia mengira salah satu dari mereka mungkin adalah pasangan kencan buta yang telah membuat perjanjian dengannya untuk bertemu malam itu. Saat dia gelisah mencari cara untuk mendekat, masing-masing anak laki-laki tersebut entah kenapa sudah menjadi mayat yang berserakan di trotoar, sampai hanya ada satu dari mereka yang tersisa.

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Petersen Vargas

Petersen VARGAS is an alumnus of the UP Film Institute and Asian Film Academy. His films tackle Filipino youth through a queer and regional lens.  His short Geography Lessons (2014) won Best Direction at Cinemalaya. His feature debut 2 Cool 2 Be 4gotten (2016) won the Audience Award at Torino LGBTQI Film Festival. His latest short, How to Die Young in Manila (2020) world premiered at the Busan International Film Festival and has been shown in festivals  like Glasgow Shorts, Outfest, CAAMFest and Neuchetel Fantastic Film Festival. He is developing his second feature, Some Nights I Feel Like Walking. He lives in Quezon City with his cat, Wong Kat Wai.

Petersen VARGAS adalah alumni UP Film Institute dan Asian Film Academy. Film-filmnya menyoroti pemuda Filipina melalui perspektif queer dan kedaerahan. Film pendeknya, “Geography Lessons” (2014) memenangkan penghargaan Best Direction di Cinemalaya. Debut film panjangnya “2 Cool 2 Be 4gotten” (2016) memenangkan Audience Award di Torino LGBTQI Film Festival. Film pendek terbarunya, “How to Die Young in Manila” (2020) diputar perdana di Busan International Film Festival dan telah diputar di festival-festival seperti Glasgow Shorts, Outfest, CAAMFest, dan Neuchetel Fantastic Film Festival. Saat ini, ia sedang mengembangkan proyek film panjang keduanya, “Some Nights I Feel Like Walking”. Ia tinggal di Kota Quezon bersama kucingnya, Wong Kat Wai.

A Letter to My Wife

Mandiri films
Indonesia
25 minutes 
2021
Documentary
Director: Muhamad Ardan Ar’razaq
Writer: Muhamad Ardan Ar’razaq
Producer: Muhamad Ardan Ar’razaq
Cast: Muhtadi Jarot, Nabila Anindya Maharani, Munisah

A short documentary about a husband’s longing for his wife presented through the longing rhymes that adorn his bland life.

Sebuah film dokumenter pendek tentang kerinduan seorang suami kepada istrinya. Dihadirkan melalui sebuah lantunan irama yang mengiringi kehidupan hambarnya.

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Muhamad Ardan Ar'razaq

I was born in 1998 and is currently studying at one of the film universities in Indonesia focusing on documentary. A letter to my wife was my first short documentary film. Previously, i was active making essay films.

Saya lahir pada tahun 1998 dan saat ini sedang kuliah di salah satu universitas perfilman di Indonesia berfokus pada dokumenter. Surat untuk istri saya adalah film dokumenter pendek pertama saya. Sebelumnya, saya aktif membuat film esai.

Sebentar Lagi, Malam Tiba

World Premiere
Cactus Films
Indonesia
15 Minutes
2020
Fiction
Director: Bonaventura Ezra Pradipta
Writer: Bonaventura Ezra Pradipta
Producer: Stephanie Cornelia
Cast: Citra Marcellinus, Tesalonika Geralda

As he comes home to his eroded-by-development hometown, Raka, and his girlfriend, Irma, make a tour around their dreams to live in a modern house. The tour leads them into question about dreams and reality.
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Saat dia pulang ke kampung halamannya yang terkikis oleh pembangunan, Raka, dan pacarnya, Irma, melakukan tur di sekitar impian mereka untuk tinggal di rumah modern. Tur ini menggiring mereka ke pertanyaan tentang mimpi dan kenyataan.

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Bonaventura Ezra Pradipta

Bonaventura Ezra Pradipta is an Indonesian filmmaker who was born in 1998 and grew in a small city in the East of Java. He traveled to a fast-growing city, Gading Serpong, for film study and freshly graduated from Multimedia Nusantara University. He directed some short films and became festival director of UMN Screen 2018 and programmer of UCIFEST 9-UMN Animation and Film Festival, one of the big film festivals for college students in the country. His film “VOX POPULI, VOX DEI”, and “THE LAST PAGE OF NEWSPAPER” was screened at several national film festivals. And his short film “SEGARA: REMEMBER THE SEA” will be premiere at Balinale International Film Festival 2021.

Bonaventura Ezra Pradipta adalah seorang sineas Indonesia yang lahir pada tahun 1998 dan besar di sebuah kota kecil di Jawa Timur. Ia melakukan perjalanan ke kota yang berkembang dengan pesat, Gading Serpong, untuk menempuh studi film dan baru saja lulus dari Universitas Multimedia Nusantara. Ia menyutradarai beberapa film pendek dan menjadi direktur festival UMN Screen 2018 dan programmer UCIFEST 9-UMN Animation and Film Festival, salah satu festival film besar bagi mahasiswa di tanah air. Filmnya “Vox Populi, Vox Dei”, dan “The Last page of newspaper” diputar di beberapa festival film nasional. Dan film pendeknya “Segara: Remember The Sea” akan tayang perdana di Balinale International Film Festival 2021.

Sejengkal

International Premiere
GEF SGP, Terasmitra, Motion Capture
Indonesia
38 Minutes
2020
Fiction
Director: Muhammad Ariyansyah Oramahi
Writer: Santirta Martendano, Muhammad Ariyansyah Oramahi
Producer: Robertus Wahyu Dewanto, Muhammad Ariyansyah Oramahi, Santirta Martendano
Cast: Dionisius Rivaldo Moruk, Semaya Thomas Katu, Zadrak Obaja Nenu, Sufyeti S. Katu, Velda Ariance Samenel

The story of MENAS in challenging the stigma of gender discrimination within the weaving culture in the eastern part of Indonesia. His love for his late mother puts him against his own father, a loyal supporter of the tradition inherited by many generations before in his motherland.

Kisah Menas ketika menantang stigma diskriminasi gender dalam budaya tenun di Indonesia bagian timur. Cintanya kepada mendiang ibunya menempatkan dia harus melawan ayahnya sendiri, seorang pendukung setia tradisi yang diwarisi oleh banyak generasi pendahulunya di tanah airnya.

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Muhammad Ariyansyah Oramahi

Born in Jakarta in 1974, Arie Oramahi began his journey in the audiovisual industry in 2004 at a production house for commercials in Jakarta. In 2008, Arie founded his own production house. He produced various commercials and documentaries himself and got involved in many international productions. His involvement in narrative films began as a producer of an independent short film titled Good Boys Go To Heaven in 2016.

In 2019, Arie took part as assistant director in a feature film production collaboration between the Netherlands, Belgium, and Indonesia. In the same year, Arie also acted as assistant director in a drama series production, currently published on an OTT platform in Indonesia.

In 2020, during the Covid19 pandemic, prior to directing Sejengkal, Arie directed a short film titled Rumah (Home), where the whole production process happened while all crew stayed at home.

Lahir di Jakarta pada tahun 1974, Arie Oromahi memulai perjalanannya di industri audiovisual pada tahun 2004 di sebuah rumah produksi iklan di Jakarta. Pada tahun 2008, Arie mendirikan rumah produksi sendiri. Ia memproduksi berbagai iklan dan dokumenter sendiri dan terlibat dalam banyak produksi internasional. Keterlibatannya dalam kancah film naratif dimulai dengan perannya sebagai produser film pendek independen berjudul “Good Boys Go To Heaven” pada tahun 2016.

Pada 2019, Arie menjadi asisten sutradara dalam sebuah kolaborasi produksi film layar lebar antara Belanda, Belgia, dan Indonesia. Di tahun yang sama, Arie juga berperan sebagai asisten sutradara dalam produksi serial drama yang saat ini disiarkan di platform OTT di Indonesia. Pada tahun 2020, di masa pandemi Covid19, sebelum menyutradarai “Sejengkal”, Arie menyutradarai film pendek berjudul “Rumah (Home)”, di mana seluruh proses produksi terjadi ketika semua kru berada di rumah.