LIGHT OF ASIA

 

Cahaya Asia

 

Sejak dinisiasi sebelas tahun yang lalu, program ini selalu berusaha mengambil fokus pada pembuat film yang mencoba memberikan alternatif berpikir yang tercermin dalam pilihan estetika dan isu yang dikelola dalam film-film terpilih. Tidak sedikit dari para pembuat film yang memulai perjalanannya di kategori ini di kemudian hari beranjak menjadi pembuat film panjang yang cukup berpengaruh di Asia dan diakui oleh dunia internasional karena mengenalkan dan membawa sudut pandang Asia dalam karya-karya mereka.

Jauh sebelum itu, sekitar dua puluh tahun yang lalu,  dunia internasional barangkali masih kikuk dalam melihat Asia; hal itu tercermin dari terbatasnya nama-nama pembuat film Asia yang dikenal oleh dunia internasional. Para pendahulu ini, disadari ataupun tidak, telah membuat standar dan definisi atas apa yang disebut sinema Asia. Generasi selanjutnya kemudian melihat dengan sudut pandang, gaya, ataupun isu yang sudah telanjur dianggap sebagai ‘Asia’ tersebut. Faktanya, Asia terus berubah, terus berkembang, dan terus berusaha menemukan jati dirinya melalui para pembuat film yang amat berani menarik cerita ke sudut pandang dan sikap yang jauh lebih personal namun sekaligus mencerminkan kondisi kemanusiaan di sekitarnya.

Menjadi alternatif dan sesuatu yang independen adalah untuk terus mengikuti perkembangan zaman dan kondisi kemanusiaan di tempat Anda hidup; tanpa harus kehilangan sikap dan pendekatan personal yang Anda miliki. Sementara logika industri arus utama selalu saja berusaha meneguhkan temuan-temuan estetika ini menjadi aturan-aturan yang bisa diproduksi ulang dalam kerangka industri, pembuat film alternatif seharusnya menghindari keajekan. Mereka harus terus membantah serta melawan cara-cara yang sebelumnya sudah dikooptasi oleh logika industri melalui karya-karya mereka, tanpa harus merasa diri lebih tinggi dan suci.

Tentu saja program kami ini selalu berusaha mencari karya-karya utuh yang layak disebut film pendek, dan bukan film panjang yang berdurasi pendek. Namun, sebagai sebuah festival film kami tentu tidak mampu membatasi dan mengatur para pembuat film ini. Kami ada hanya untuk menangkap dinamika yang terjadi dalam proses kekaryaan yang bermunculan di berbagai negara Asia. Dengan bersetia dalam memilih hanya film-film yang kami rasa mewakili sinema Asia saat ini, kami ingin menggarisbawahi para pembuat film yang membawa perspektif dan sikap personal yang nyata dan mewujudkannya dalam karya. Harapan kami adalah bahwa karya-karya yang jujur dan berani ini akan dengan sendirinya menjadi cerminan yang lebih jelas dari sudut pandang dan persoalan kemanusiaan itu sendiri.

Kami berdoa agar para pembuat film ini menjelma menjadi Cahaya Asia yang memandu jalan para penerusnya agar mampu mengeskplorasi dengan cara yang lebih berani dan bertanggung jawab kepada kemanusiaan dan pengetahuan.

Di mata sinema kita semua sama. Selamat menonton.

Light of Asia

 

Since being initiated eleven years ago, this program has always been trying to focus on film makers trying to provide thinking alternatives reflected in the choices of aesthetics and the issues managed in the chosen films. More than a few of the film makers starting their journey from this category later grow into quite influential feature makers on the international stage because they introduce and bring forth Asian perspectives through their works.

 

 

Long before that, let us say twenty years ago, the international world might find themselves feeling awkward upon gazing at Asia; this phenomenon was illustrated through a very short list of names containing Asian filmmakers known worldwide. Those predecessors, whether we realize it or not, have set the bar for and defined Asian cinema. The generations that come next see through the perspective, style, and issues which already became what considered as ‘Asia’. But in reality, Asia is constantly changing, evolving, and struggling to find its true self through filmmakers who dare to make stories using the point of views and attitude that are more personal but still manage to present the condition of humanity around them.

Being both an alternative and something independent means to keep up with the newest of this age as well as what is happening with humans living around you; without ever losing your stand and personal approaches. Amid mainstream industry’s logic relentlessly attempting to turn these aesthetical findings into a template that can be reproduced over and over again within industrial framework, alternative filmmakers should avoid being dull. They have to constantly reject and contradict the ways that have been co-opted previously by industrial logic through their films without having to act so high and mighty.

Rest assured that this program never stops trying to find the works that possess all traits belonging to a short film instead of features with short duration. But of course it is impossible for us as a festival to limit and go around telling these filmmakers what to do. We exist solely to capture the dynamics of the creative processes popping in Asian countries. By staying true in choosing only films we thought as works representing present day’s Asian cinema, we want to highlight those filmmakers who use their actual, personal perspective and attitude animated through the films they make. We hope that all of these gallant and sincere works will, by themselves, be able to give you a closer look on the perspective used to perceive and the humanity issues themselves.

We pray that these filmmakers will turn into the Light of Asia guiding those who follow their steps so that they can explore in a way that is more daring and responsible to humanity and knowledge.

You and I are all the same before cinema. Happy watching.

Ismail Basbeth

Programmer

Competition – Blencong & Jogja Student Award

The Floating Chopin

Director: Wregas Bhanuteja
Duration: 11 minutes
Year: 2016
Country: Indonesia
Category: Fiction

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The Silent Mob

Director: Harvan Agustriansyah
Duration: 16 minutes
Year: 2016
Country: Indonesia 
Category: Fiction

Ruah

Director: Makbul Mubarak
Duration: 27 minutes
Year: 2016
Country: Indonesia
Category: Fiction

Memoria

Director: Kamila Andini
Duration: 35 minutes
Year: 2016
Country: Indonesia 
Category: Fiction

Han

Director: Jonathan Choo
Duration: 19 minutes
Year: 2015
Country: Singapore
Category: Fiction

The Boss

Director: Rzgar Husen Ahmed
Duration: 21 minutes
Year: 2015
Country: Iraq 
Category: Fiction

In Defense of the Rocket

Director: Martin Ginestie
Duration: 5 minutes
Year: 2015
Country: United Kingdom
Category: Documentary

Dark Frames

Director: Navin Chandra Ganesh
Duration: 39 minutes
Year: 2015
Country: India 
Category: Fiction

The Baby

Director: Ali Asgari
Duration: 15 minutes
Year: 2014
Country: Iran
Category: Hybrid

Ghost

Director: Worapoj ln-lao
Duration: 21 minutes
Year: 2016
Country: Thailand 
Category: Documentary

Bargain

Director: Lee Choong Hyun
Duration: 14 minutes
Year: 2015
Country: South Korea
Category: Fiction

Fata Morgana

Director: Amelie Wen
Duration: 20 minutes
Year: 2016
Country: US, China 
Category: Fiction

Non-Competition

Tujuh

Director: Erlangga Radhikza
Duration: 14 minutes
Year: 2015
Country: Indonesia
Category: Fiction

On the Origin of Fear

Director: Bayu Prihantoro Filemon
Duration: 12 minutes
Year: 2016
Country: Indonesia 
Category: Fiction

Musim Bepergian

Director: Arie Surastio
Duration: 18 minutes
Year: 2016
Country: Indonesia
Category: Fiction

Bunga dan Tembok (Flowers in the Wall)

Director: Eden Junjung
Duration: 16 minutes
Year: 2016
Country: Indonesia 
Category: Fiction

RM 10

Director: Emir Ezwan
Duration: 12 minutes
Year: 2016
Country: Malaysia
Category: Fiction

Maria

Director: Jaime Habac Jr
Duration: 10 minutes
Year: 2016
Country: Philippines
Category: Fiction

The Limit

Director: Sonia Saharan
Duration: 23 minutes
Year: 2016
Country: India
Category: Fiction

Refugee Camp

Director:Saeed Naghavian
Duration: 2 minutes
Year: 2016
Country: Iran
Category: Fiction

Born Bone Boon

Director: Gori
Duration: 20 minutes
Year: 2016
Country: Japan
Category: Fiction

Forest of Copper Columns

Director:Russel Morton
Duration: 14 minutes
Year: 2016
Country: Singapore
Category: Fiction

Boat of Life going to Pahartali

Director: Saiful Fardin
Duration: 15 minutes
Year: 2016
Country: Bangladesh
Category: Fiction

Mein Hutong (My Hutong)

Director:Jie Jie Ng
Duration: 11 minutes
Year: 2016
Country: Singapore
Category: Fiction