LIGHT OF ASIA 

Asian Short Film and Their Realities

U pon the very first emergence of film industry, many media has been created and experimented massively to develop this particular art work even to the point of beyond expectations. This phenomenon of breaking boundaries brings films to a new light that is as tools to unfold reality. Different realities emerging to the surface trigger every aspect of our senses and feelings, thus when watching films we often find ourselves cry, full with rage and hatred or, with joy and laugh. Films are universal in translating their values that they incorporate us to be in within the dialogues, and most of the time, in the pool of facts and realities we have not encountered yet in real life. Through their own very ways, films provide us with new experiences of emotional ride and expressions related to every mankind in history across the globe. This process is called auto-ludic, in which films play paradoxically through events happening in turns, the relationship between subjects and objects, the universal world and the particular one, old and new etc. This process allows us to think that many of new experiences could take place in which anxieties creep.   

Asian films with their diverse perspectives, each from different regions, reflect problems in the context of sociology, politics and philosophy. These problems, fortunately, take roles in the process of discovering the true answers of them.  

The films selected in this program serve particular perspectives, which at the same are also universal, in regards to existentialism: who is my true self? This kind of problem is so real that it has to be underlined for we have, and will have, been faced with it in the most casual occasion. They are not present as mere illusions, but as something concrete as how life has been with different stories to come.  

Furthermore, all films in this program were not only selected as our companions in developing our imagination skills especially through the beautiful motions of moving pictures, but also in helping us to land our feet on the fundamental perspective of our existence, which once again, emerges from all faces anxieties creeping in.

By and large, we hope you the best experience of witnessing and drowning within the selected films in this program, each with their own realities.

Film Pendek dan Realitasnya

 

Dari awal kemunculan film, berbagai eksperimentasi medium film telah dilakukan, bahkan hingga melampaui batasan medium film itu sendiri. Lampauan batasan tersebut membawa film hadir sebagai medium yang  bisa mengungkap realitas. Realitas tersebut hadir secara bersamaan menggugah segala unsur inderawi dan perasaan kita. Saat menonton film mungkin kita akan menangis, marah, benci, senang dan tertawa. Caranya yang begitu universal membawa kita berdialog dan menyelami realitas yang kadang belum kita jumpai. Namun dengan caranya sendiri film bisa memberikan dampak pengalaman emosi dan ekspresi serupa yang dirasakan oleh siapapun dari belahan dunia manapun. Hal itu terjadi sebagai proses auto-ludic dimana film bermain dengan unsur paradoksal yang terjadi saling bergantian, subjek-objek, universal-khusus, baru-lama, dll. Proses tersebut justru meperlihatkan kita pengalaman baru bisa saja hadir dari kegelisahan akan banyak hal.

Film Asia dengan perspektifnya yang khas disetiap wilayah, justru menampakan kegelisahannya yang hadir dari berbagai konteks sosiologis, politis, dan filosofisnya. Kegelisahan yg hadir dari konteks tersebut justru menjadi proses pencarian jawaban akan masalah yang timbul.

Film-film pada program ini menyuguhkan perspektif khas sekaligus universal mengenai tanah dan kedirian / keakuan / eksistensial. Hal tersebut justru saling berkaitan dan saling mempengaruhi. Kegelisahan itu yang justru tampak nyata ingin digaris bawahi sebagai pengalaman harian yang sudah, sedang dan akan dihadapi manusia. Mereka tidak hadir sebagai kepura-puraan semata tetapi hadir sebagai sesuatu yang nyata dalam setiap kehidupan dengan cerita yang berbeda.

Selanjutnya, semua film dalam program ini tidak hanya berusaha untuk memanjakan imajinasi kita pada permainan indah visual gambar gerak saja, tetapi mendaratkan kita pada perspektif mendasar mengenai kedirian kita yang justru timbul dari kegelisahan.

Akhir kata, Selamat menonton film-film dalam program ini dan selamat menyelam dalam realitas-realitas lain yang muncul dalam setiap filmnya.

Reza Fahri & Iyustinus Kristianto

Programmer

BLENCONG & STUDENT AWARDS

Nhà Ngoại (Grandma’s Home)

Nguyen Hoang Bao Anh/32 minutes/2018/ Vietnam/ Documentary

Elinah

Ninndi Raras/19 minutes/2018/ Indonesia/Fiction

The Moon is Bright Tonight

Abinash Bikram Shah/15 minutes/2018/Nepal & Myanmar/Fiction

House No. 15 (Don’t Forget to Wear A Smile)

Aryo Danusiri/5 minutes/2018/Indonesia & USA/Documentary

Kampung Tapir

Aw See Wee/17 minutes/2017/ Malaysia/Fiction

Saad’s Olive Tree  

Ahmad Zayeri /24 minutes/2017/ Iran/Fiction

Maja’s Boat

Wahyu Utami/15 minutes/2017/ Indonesia & Germany/Documentary

Kembalilah Dengan Tenang (Rest in Peace)

Reza Fahriyansyah /25 minutes/2018/ Indonesia/Fiction

Baga’t Diri Tuhay Ta’t Pamahungpahung (The Imminent Immanent)

Carlo Francisco Manatad/15 minutes/2018/Philippines, Singapore, Italy/Fiction

Kado (A Gift)

Aditya Ahmad/15 minutes/2018/ Indonesia/Fiction

Sambhavtaha (Probably)

Gaurav Madan /23 minutes/2017/ India/Fiction

Facing Death with Wirecutter

Sarwar Abdullah/36 minutes/2017/Iraq/Documentary