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Two Indonesian documentaries to join Good Pitch regional program

Ni Nyoman Wira
Ni Nyoman Wira

The Jakarta Post

Jakarta  /  Mon, December 5, 2016  /  02:17 pm
Two Indonesian documentaries to join Good Pitch regional program

A still from 'Planting is Resistance'. (in-docs.org/File)

Two local documentaries are set to participate in the Good Pitch2 (Good Pitch Squared) Southeast Asia, a regional program that brings together curated documentary filmmakers and changemakers.

Together with three other documentaries from the Philippines and Singapore, Planting is Resistance and Song for My Children, filmmakers have been invited to join the Good Pitch live event slated for May 9 next year in Jakarta.

Directed by Kurnia Yudha, Planting is Resistance follows three men who are involved in an agrarian confrontation in Java. They turn into accidental leaders in a struggle to protect their way of life. The documentary portrays the life of agrarian society and how they protect each other’s land, despite being scorned due to their profession.

Meanwhile, Song for My Children by Shalahuddin Siregar tells the story of an all-female Dialita choir whose members are relatives or friends of the 1965/1966 communist purge's victims. Dialita serves as a place for the survivors and their family to find support as they heal their trauma together through singing and connect to young musicians, as well as audiences who aspire to continue to voice Indonesia’s silenced dark past.

(Read also: From victims to survivors: The healing journey of the Dialita choir)

A still from 'Song for My Children'. (in-docs.org/File)

Following a selection process in July, the films' teams received mentorship for six months, which began November, with the aim of identifying potential partners that can help spread the impact of their works. 

During the upcoming Good Pitch live event, these filmmakers will pitch their documentaries in front of around 200 selected audiences whom are considered potential collaborators.

Initiated by non-profit film foundation BRITDOC and Sundance Film Institute in 2009, Good Pitch draws together filmmakers, foundations, NGOs, philanthropists, policy makers, brands and media involved in social and environmental issues to spread positive messages to society. Prior to Indonesia, the previous hosts of the event included the United Kingdom, United States, South Africa, Taiwan, Argentina, Kenya and Australia. 

Some of the Good Pitch alumni are Academy-Award nominee Virunga and American Promise, which received three Emmy nominations. (kes)

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