TOKYO: Noted director Garin Nugroho said he was inspired by suicide cases in the country when making Di Bawah Pohon (Under the Tree), his film that was nominated at the 21st Tokyo International Film Festival.
“This film is a social critic to the suicide phenomenon in Indonesia. Even a family committed suicide but no one cares, even the government,” he told Antara in Tokyo on Tuesday.
The film is competing with 15 others, which were selected from some 700 films coming from 72 countries. The winner will be announced on Oct. 26.
Garin said the family suicide was a sign of the loss of conscience in the community, as the sad incident was ignored.
“The government should actually feel disturbed by the phenomenon, since committing suicide is not part of our culture,” Garin said, referring to the harakiri (suicide) culture of Japan, which its government works hard to reduce.
“Under the Tree tries to deliver this message, since trees are linked to human lives ...,” he said. — JP