Tilte : Mayday
Director : Eden Junjung
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The high growth of the working age population causing employment becomes a matter of contention. When the land is no longer capable to be planted, a group of young men migrate to the city to get jobs, most of them apply themselves as labors.
Hamli (29) has just married to Maya (26). They live in a small village in Gunung Kidul, Yogyakarta. Hamli asks Maya to move to Jakarta after getting information from Joko that there is a job vacancy in a bra factory. When they arrive at the factory, turns out the vacancy is only opened for one female worker. In order to fulfil their economic needs, Hamli allows Maya to work in that factory while letting himself wait for another job.
Day after day, Hamli feels pressured because he doesn’t get a job. He doesn’t have the heart to let Maya works hard at the factory to fulfil their needs.
One day, an incident happens at the factory, a female worker named Sari (29) is fired because she is caught stealing a bra. The factory produces bra for a well-known brand from America of which the price isn’t cheap.
Because of that incident, Maya is then moved to replace Sari’s position in the packing division. The majority of workers in the packing division are men. Maya is the one and only woman in the division. Unfortunately, she is treated inappropriately by her supervisor and fellow workers in the same division every day. Her boss, Hartono (29) knows about this, but he ignores it.
In the middle of his despair for not getting any job, Hamli gets information from a newspaper to apply for security training in a place that becomes a side project of military personnel to educate security applicants.
One day, Sari visits Hamli to tell him that she deliberately steals and asks to be fired due to sexual harassment she experienced for years. Due to her guilt, Sari tells Hamli that she is actually Joko’s wife. Joko deliberately helps her looking for a new female worker to replace her position, according to the agreement between Sari and Hartono. Hamli is furious because he feels deluded by Joko. He knows that Maya doesn’t tell him about this to save their economic life.
His profound guilt for Maya causing him to solve the problem without her knowledge. Hamli takes risk to steal a military uniform in the security training place and disguises himself as a fake army to retaliate the sexual harassment happened to his wife. However, on the other hand, Maya chooses her own way to solve the problem without Hamli’s knowledge. She makes a secret deal with her boss while forced to stake her marriage.
In the third world country like Indonesia, gender discrimination and sexual harassment towards female labors are still happening, even it happens in a structured and systematic way. It is not only done by the boss to the workers, but also by the fellow workers.
In Indonesia itself, there are a lot of factories especially in the big cities. One of them is a factory that produces bra of international brand from the US. From the hands of these female workers, thousand numbers of bras are produced every single day. However, their monthly salaries are insufficient to purchase a bra from their own hard work. Another case happened in a furniture factory in Semarang, a city near Yogyakarta. A female worker has been sexually harassed for two years and it was done by six males consisted of her fellow workers and her boss.
Looking from the hard work and the risk faced by the worker, for me, it’s a disgrace for common sense and humanity. This issue should also be noticed by the audiences from developed countries, due to the amount of factories in Indonesia that are owned by the companies from the US and Europe.
MAYDAY summarizes this issue simply in a family relation. From the smallest circle such as family, micro and complex issues happen. Female workers aren’t only bearing fatigue, but also social burden in their circles. I’ve personally experienced this, my mother became the breadwinner of my family, and such negative stigma from the society has afflicted my family. The quarrels happened in my family were also the part of my childhood memory.
I’ve been interested in social and human rights’ issues for a long time. My first short film, Flowers in The Wall, tells about enforced disappearance as well. My second short titled Happy Family also tells about a female worker who is trapped in prostitute life.
One thing that is interesting for me, Indonesian history can’t be separated from the ruling military domination and its impact is still perceived until present days. This is proven by the fact that if we wear military symbol or attribute, we could get specific consideration from the society and the government institution as well.
As a fiction film inspired by a true event, MAYDAY is my reflective attempt to deliver the facts and metaphors that are still contextual with the present condition.
Eden Junjung graduated from Film and Television department in Indonesian Institute of the Arts in Yogyakarta. He started his debut in the film as editor for several short films. Bunga Dan Tembok (Flowers in the Wall) is the first fiction short film that he wrote and directed and become official selection in Jogja NETPAC Asian Film Festival 2016 for Lights of Asia category, International Competition in Bogota Short Film Festival 2016 and International Competition in Busan International Short Film Festival 2017. Happy Family is his second short film that selected in international competition in Valletta Internasional Film Festival, Malta 2017 and Bridge Of Arts International Film Festival, Russia 2017.