Tilte : Daughter
Director : Ricky Zakaria
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Nina (35) is a housewife who lives in a village. Nina lives with Santika (16), her daughter, and Ratih (1), her grandchild. The source of Nina’s daily income only comes from the small business of food stall in her house. Meanwhile, Nina’s husband, Sigit (37), is imprisoned because he accidentally kills his daughter’s fiancé. It causes Santika to develop hatred feeling for Sigit. She vents it with a slightly indifferent attitude towards her responsibility as a mother. This situation also causes Santika to have a desire to quickly marrying another man and leave the house before Sigit is released from the prison and returns home. However, Santika doesn’t have the heart to leave her mother alone. Nina knows the situation and disapproves Santika’s desire to marry again. That decision is secretly made by Nina so that Santika won’t feel disappointed again and causes her to act more indifferently towards her daughter, Ratih.
The financial condition of Nina’s family is getting worse. Nina tries to apply for a loan to the bank with a guarantee of her home certificate but fails. She frequently visits Sigit at the prison and she always vents her despair and sadness to Sigit. Santika, who feels sorry for Nina, finally tells her intention that she should marry and live with her husband so she won’t burden Nina in earning a living. Nina doesn’t comment much and refuses her intention in a subtle way. She decides to return to her parent’s house, Soemartini (70). However, Nina’s intention to make peace with her tough past with Soemartini is hampered by Soemartini’s cold demeanor. In addition, Nina feels jealous when she sees her siblings’ families that seemed perfect and happy. Nina keeps concealing her family’s condition and discourages herself from borrowing money, but she also doesn’t want to see Santika’s relationship with her boyfriend becomes closer and they force to marry again. Nina’s confusion is mixed with Soemartini’s, who finally confides to Nina about her regret because she has been too hard to Nina.
Nina’s visit mends her bad relationship with Soemartini in the past. Nina fails to express her intention to borrow money, but Soemartini secretly puts money inside Nina’s bag. Nina asks Santika to visit Sigit at the prison. Santika, who feels forced to visit him in the prison at first, feels very sorry for his neglected condition. Sigit never talks about his anger in front of Santika again. Santika now sees Sigit as a father whom she loves when she was still a kid. She cries in front of Sigit while expressing her wish for Sigit to be home soon. Santika finally cancels her plan to marry her boyfriend.
“Daughter” is a story that conveys a profound disappointment of a mother towards her daughter. Daughter is a story about the realization of responsibility in a family.
If the subject is a woman, her life is indirectly formed by the paradigm of the surrounding where she lives and the culture of a particular area. When a woman chooses a decision in her life, she will think further to ensure herself that it is the right decision. That’s why, “family” is important for a woman. They will be the figures that are capable to comfort and support her even in a bad condition.
As a man, I see women and their lives as a mystery, especially when a woman has role as a mother. Quoting a dialogue from a Japanese drama series titled Mother, it is said that “There are 3 types of human living in the world. Man, woman, and mother. We will never understand the last type.” Meaning that the process of forming the character of a woman who is educated in a family and mixed with the paradigm of life in a particular custom or culture will determine which type of mother she will take. For me, mother is a woman who is taking a role in a family. Moreover, if a mother should face the dual role of being the head of the family, she can take the role as a figure that is better than an angel or even the contrary, worse than a devil.
Family is the smallest part of the society, meaning that human should live and develop in groups. I precisely see in this millennial era that human who has a family actually lives like an individual. In my opinion, family is where human begins their long journey of living and then returns home. All of family members have the equal roles and portion to be responsible for maintaining the relation and integrity in their family so it will function well. Therefore, the presence of “family” is very important for me. No matter how far I’ll go, I’ll return to the people behind my back called family.
Through Nina, this film will take us to explore a mother’s disappointment in her little family. The dishonesty of all family members’ feelings, between father, mother, and daughter becomes the outline and background where responsibility in a family formed. Nina will be charged to take double roles in preserving her family, becoming a grandmother in young age and becoming the head of the family. In the end, it slowly gives a feeling of warmth amidst the profound disappointment for her little family.
Born in Kediri in 1990. He is currently finishing cinema studies in Jogja Film Academy, Yogyakarta and takes directing major. He starts his career in art field as a poet and short-story writer. In 2012-2016 he worked as a scriptwriter in several private television stations in Indonesia. He was involved in some short film projects as well, such as 25+, Rubiyah and A Story of Manami Secret as the director and scriptwriter.