Tilte : Hitam Setelah Merah

Director : Heiro Say

Contact: solamrida@gmail.com / +6281330139674


KANI, a teenage girl on the north coast of Cirebon Regency had to face her father’s desire to immediately sent her to Saudi Arabia as a migrant worker. She refused and rebelled. Not only because the silhouette of living in a foreign country, but Kani has an ambition to continue her study. Her parents rejected Kani’s ideals, and kept forcing her to become a migrant worker right when Kani got the first menstruation which was considered by the parents to be a sign of women’s mental preparedness to go to work.

Kani wanted to hide her menstrual markings, but, as a child who made sticky rice, Kani could not refuse the myth of the sticky rice that change color to red when someone is getting menstruation among her family.

Among Kani’s proof to convince her parents, Kani’s father, had obviously been indebted to the Lurah for the cost of preparing Kani abroad. The debt was finally deposited with a person claiming to be an employment agent who promised to facilitate Kani’s departure. Nahas, an agent disappeared after getting Kani’s father’s money.

Among Kani’s proofs to convince her parents, Kani’s father, had obviously been indebted to the Headman for the cost of preparing Kani abroad. The debt was finally deposited with a person claiming to be an employment agent who promised to facilitate Kani’s departure. Sadly, the agent disappeared after getting his money.

Kani was considered unlucky by her parents, and the residents were convinced that Kani’s dishonesty about her first menstruation, was the culprit. Kani did not remain silent. Together with Tohir, the head of the village head’s son, they tried to find the agent to Surabaya.


Cirebon Regency is one of the largest contributors of TKW (female workers) who then being sent to several countries such as Saudi Arabia, Malaysia, Hong Kong, and several other countries. Economic and social disadvantages in the people of Cirebon Regency are one of the reasons why this happened. Socially, people on the north coast still think that by their teenage girls being a migrant worker is one of the main solutions for gaining money. Parents send their children so that they can get savings to change their live.

Their main income which relies on rice yields and sea products means that their economy is very dependent on nature. If the dry or rainy season is long, people around Cirebon will experience a vacuum in their income. Thus, among the male citizens, with their very low level of education, must use their energy to become pedicab drivers in the city of Cirebon. Meanwhile, for women, it seems that nothing can be done except waiting for their men coming back from the city. So, it is very normal for men to ask their wives and daughters to work and send them abroad.

The way people on the North Coast sending their daughters or wives gives a certain impression. How they have to volunteer themselves to be caught in debt to moneylenders, cheated by TKI agents, and have to wait for work calls even years. Many parties take advantage of their desire to change their destiny. Starting from high-interest debt winding, providing the lowest prices for their inheritance sold for a fee, in fact, many are willing to cheat to make their money, and this is often done by employment agencies.

The film will tell how the struggle of a young woman who had to face her father’s desire to become a migrant worker abroad. With a variety of businesses, these women refuse to go to work abroad. Not only because they do not want to make a fortune abroad, but how they want to prove to his father and mother, also to the community, that there are many ways to change their destiny besides working abroad. They have a reason, that by continuing to a higher level of education, their fate can change.

However, their struggle is only a dream and a delayed pain, because after all, they have to face many things. Starting from the myths about women, to the minds of their parents who only want their daughters to immediately change the fate of their families in the fastest way possible.

This is a story about how people on the North Coast live their fate. Between poverty and dreams that come from across the country with the intermediaries of TKI agents, they must rage in their thoughts and actions. What is believed about religion, myths and poverty, are so real that it brings them to wrong decisions. Especially on women, who are always seen as the lowest class amongst human beings who only lived as servants.

The main character, a kid who was just graduated from elementary school, had to fight to get the opportunity to continue her study. Unlike other friends: graduating from elementary school then either immediately getting married or becoming a migrant worker. The main character wants to break that assumptions down. However, her fate turned out to be different. As the daughter of a sticky rice maker, she tried to hide her signs of maturity, menstrual blood, which made her parents regard her as an adult. But, the myth of sticky rice that turns red when one family member is getting menstruation, became something she cannot hide. And at that time, she was so scared and worried. When the sign of maturity approached her, the dark shadow of her parents would be present and haunt his dreams.


Heiro Say has been involved in several productions, both short films, feature films, and commercial projects. as a D.o.P, Heiro Say will create unique and personalized pictures. His experience as a photographer, also allows him to take beautiful and memorable video.