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Eagle Award: Films show realities of aspiring ‘4.0’ nation

Ati Nurbaiti

The Jakarta Post

Jakarta  /  Wed, November 27, 2019  /  03:40 pm
Eagle Award: Films show realities of aspiring ‘4.0’ nation

Desperately seeking signal: Health volunteer Wilhelmina seeks a spot in her village to call the local health center in Sikka, East Nusa Tenggara, in a scene from the short documentary "Jejak Sinyal di Kaki Egon" (Traces of signal at the foot of Mt. Egon). The film took third place at the 2019 Eagle Awards Documentary Competition. (Courtesy of Eagle Institute Indonesia/-)

Perched on a high tree limb, a villager talks business on the phone – prevailing crop prices. Two women at the base of the tree shake it violently, demanding their turn, in a scene from a short documentary set in Sikka regency, East Nusa Tenggara. “It’s the only tree where they have found a signal,” whispered a facilitator for the amateur documentary makers, at the screening of the 2019 finalists of an annual competition by the Eagle Institute Indonesia, established in 2004 by MetroTV. One of the women under the tree, Wilhelmina, a health volunteer in her village, had been running up the hill and along the beach, frantically seeking a signal to call the local health center to get an ambulance for a resident who was going into labor. The gleaming ambulance at last arrived in Nakatoli village, and thankfully, the woman agreed to deliver her baby at the heal...