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Indonesian documentary 'You and I' to premiere at DMZ film festival

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The Jakarta Post

Jakarta  /  Sat, September 19, 2020  /  04:10 pm

Indonesian documentary film You and I will have its world premiere at the 12th DMZ International Documentary Film Festival in Goyang, Gyeonggi province, South Korea.

DMZ is the largest documentary festival in Asia. Taking place on-site as planned, it is being held until Sept. 24 in a scaled-down form.

You and I has also been selected to be considered in the Asian Competition along with eight other films.

The film, the directorial debut of Fanny Chotimah, centers on the friendship of two elderly women, Kaminah and Kusdalini, who met in jail in 1965 as political prisoners. After their release, they lived together in Surakarta, Central Java, and have grown old side by side.

“I am intrigued to know what made them survive for so long and how they have lived their lives,” said Fanny in a statement. “They have shown me the beauty of a simple life. How [the] everyday life of getting old becomes something beautiful, such as how they express their love through small things and simple gestures.”

You and I was produced by KawanKawan Media in collaboration with Partisipasi Indonesia and the Super 8mm Studio Foundation.

In October 2019, The Science of Fictions from Kawan Kawan Media premiered at the Busan International Film Festival in South Korea. Directed by Yosep Anggi Noen, the film won a Special Mention Award at the Locarno International Film Festival in Switzerland in August and the Silver Hanoman Award at the 14th Jogja-Netpac Asian Film Festival in November 2019. 

KawanKawan Media is currently producing a documentary on Voice of Baceprot, a metal band whose members are teenage girls from Garut, West Java, as well as feature films by Makbul Mubarak (Autobiography), Yosep Anggi Noen (Jilah) and Bayu Prihantoro Filemon (The Songsmith). (wng)

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