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Andi Budrah S. R.
A young desperate man works as a gravedigger. He falls in love with a girl. He decides to marry her after he impregnates her. When he is about to officially proposes her to her house, he only finds an old well under a big tree. It appears that the girl is a ghost. She was the Mighty Lady Ghost who was a spouse to a local preacher who lived thousands years ago. Left alone, driven by anger, and longing for a lost love, he faces his loneliness and losses.
Tejo lives in a suburb and works as a gravedigger. He lives by himself and likes to please himself
sexually after working.
One night, he meets a girl, Nur, in a Night Fun Fair. They fall in love with each other and decide to get married after Nur is pregnant. When Tejo brings his parents to officially propose Nur to her house, Nur disappears.
They all believe that Nur is not a human yet she is a ghost, because when they arrived at Nur’s address, they only found a big tree and an empty old well underneath. Some say, that place is haunted and The Mighty Lady Ghost Sri Dewi who was a spouse to a local Islamic preacher thousands years ago, dwells in that place. Therefore, Tejo is broken-hearted.
He longs for Nur, but also destroys himself to loneliness. His jobs are abandoned and he ruins himself. Driven by unbearable anger, he burns the big well under the tree. After the burning, Tejo gets haunted by a burnt-figured ghost.
Tejo thinks his body is contaminated with demon after knowing that Nur is a demon who wants to crossbreed with him. It terrifies Tejo. To purify him from demon contamination, Tejo drowns himself to the well. The next morning, Tejo wakes up outside the well, soaked. Tejo goes home. He cries all out.
Tejo finds a new job as a building materials courier. After a few days working in a big house, she sees a girl who looks like Nur. But she is not. She is a maid who has been working in that big house for five years.
Tejo thinks his recent job fits him. Tejo renovates his parents’ house. After a few days, there is a package delivered to Tejo.
It was a gift, from Nur.
This story is about a young man going through a loss and finding what is lost from himself. Basically human is born twice in this world; the second birth is when one realizes that one has been through the childhood.
It is a story about a poor young man leaving his childhood, understanding what it means to be mature. With so many life problems, this young man gradually understands how to cope with loss. For him, his life is a spark of lost hope. But as the time goes by, he understands how to solve his problems.
I think that this story—based on a true one—is important for me to share; it addresses how we should appreciate life and everything we have now. This story hits close to home as it narrates how this world is controlled by mystical powers in regards to balancing our understanding towards the world.
Orizon Astonia (born in Surabaya) loves film to the point that Orizon directs one. Orizon is an alumnus of Jakarta Institute of Arts. After graduation, Orizon still wants to direct films, however life is so much more than just directing films. Nevertheless, Orizon will never forget filmmaking from which Orizon has learned so much.
Andi Budrah’s filmography includes Antar Kota Dalam Provinsi (2017, 25 min, dir. Wahyu Eka P.), LYN (2016, 10 min, dir. M. Reza Fahriyansyah).
Nivory Pictures is a non-profit production house which produces non-commercial films by adding artsy touches to the audiovisual. The touches that, hopefully, stimulate audiences’ sensitivity regarding cinema appreciation.