The Jakarta Post
Indonesian documentary You and I has received the Asian Perspective Award at the 12th DMZ International Documentary Film Festival, held from Sept. 17 to 24 in Goyang, Gyeonggi province, South Korea.
A directorial debut from Fanny Chotimah, You and was considered to be “sensitive, heartfelt and honest” by the jury panel. The film is also said to be able to “maintain the right distance between observation and scrutiny, between respect and curiosity” and gradually disclose its main characters’ deep relationships.
“You and I” won the Asian Perspective Awards (Best Film in Asian Competition) in DMZ Docs 2020! This award is dedicated for Kaminah and Kusdalini 👏🏼 The jury stated, “The film is sensitive, heartfelt, and honest. The filmmaker maintains the right distance between observation and scrutiny, between respect and curiosity, and the film slowly discovers a deeper meaning in the relationship of the two women. Touching and profound without forcing itself on the subjects, You and I shows a great humanist power of the documentary genre”. Kim Young Woo, DMZ Programmer, said, “One of the best Asian documentaries of the year! Heartbreaking and delicately capturing a couple's last moments of the life twisted by history”. Synopsis: Kaminah and Kusdalini, former Indonesian political detainees, meet in prison and then inseparable for more than half of a century. Despite life’s vicissitudes, they show the beauty of growing old which comes with consequences. Trailer: https://youtu.be/CqwXFWJJ2DM Director @fanny_cho Producers @aamthok @taziateresa @yuliaevinabhara Co-Producer @andhypulung Editor @papunk_ Camera Persons @wulanwonders & Agustian Tri Yuanto Sound Recordists @dewi_brown @primbontito #youandi #kawankawanmedia #partisipasiindonesia #super8mmstudio #dmzdocs
DMZ programmer Kim Young Woo named the 72-minute documentary as “one of the best Asian documentaries of the year”. “[It’s] heartbreaking and delicately capturing a couple’s last moments of the life twisted by history,” said Kim, as quoted in producer Kawankawan Media's Instagram post.
Alongside competing with eight other films, You and I had its world premiere at DMZ, known as Asia’s largest documentary film festival. The documentary tells the story of Kaminah and Kusdalini, who met in jail in 1965 as political prisoners. Following their release, they grew inseparable and have lived together in Surakarta, Central Java. The film's win is dedicated to both Kaminah and Kusdalini.
You and I is produced by Kawankawan Media in collaboration with Partisipasi Indonesia and the Super 88m Studio Foundation. (wir/wng)