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Women From Rote Island

106 minutes | 2023 | Indonesia | Narrative | 🔊 Bahasa Indonesia | English Sub. | 17+


After nine days, Martha, an illegal Indonesian migrant worker (TKI) in Sabah, Malaysia, was finally repatriated.  It fulfills Abram’s unusual last message to his wife, Orpa, “There will be no funeral until Martha returns.”

Martha’s return brings great happiness to the family, particularly Orpa and their youngest daughter, Berta, as well as Damar-jati, Martha’s former high school boyfriend. However, upon returning, Martha is in a different condition than expected after two years of working abroad. Something happened to her during her time as a palm oil laborer.

Orpa, as the head of the family, has had to become a strong and resilient mother. With patience, she works on restoring Martha’s mental well-being and supports their two daughters by producing palm sugar to sell at the market.


WED, 29 NOV 2023 | XXI STUDIO 3 | 19:45

THU, 30 NOV 2023 | XXI STUDIO 1 | 14:00

Director's Biography

Biografi Sutradara

Jeremias Nyangoen

Jeremias Nyangoen

Jeremias Nyangoen was born in Pontianak on June 29, 1968. He is an actor and screenplay writer. He is also a film producer, notably for the film "I Love You, Om..." (2006). Jeremias is also known for his works filled with high literary value.
As an alumnus of the Jakarta Institute of Arts, his strong background in art education has shaped his sensitivity to the literary and psychological aspects in the world of filmmaking. As an actor, Jeremias dares to experiment with his roles, including portraying the character Sumanto in the film "Sumanto-Kanibal" (2004). This bravery demonstrates his dedication to art and his desire to bring strong characters to life in his works.

One of his written screenplays is "Denias (Senandung di Atas Awan)" (2006), which earned him the Citra Award in the Indonesian Film Festival as the Best Screenplay Writer. And this time, Jeremias proves that he is a multi-talented individual by directing the film "Women From Rote Island" as his debut film.

Cast & Crew

Kru & Pemain

Production Company Bintang Cahaya Sinema

Producer Rizka Shakira

Main Cast Linda Adoe – Orpa,

Screenplay Jeremias Nyangoen

Cinematographer Joseph Christoforus Fofid

Editor Beck

Notable Achievement

Busan International Film Festival 2023