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Jakarta Post

A closer look at scouts

  • Indah Setiawati

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sun, September 4 2011   /  07:00 am

Many would think of the scout movement (Pramuka) as simply a group of children wearing boring khaki-colored uniforms with red-and-white ties doing outdoor camping.

The latest flick, Lima Elang (Five Eagles), by noted filmmaker Rudi Soedjarwo, would put that simplistic view to the test.

This film may be the first in decades that touches on the scout movement as its main theme, with a dose of drama, comedy and action to give the film some much-desired flavors.

The film centers on a city kid, named Baron, who is annoyed by his parents’ decision to move to Balikpapan in East Kalimantan.

The boy, who has a penchant for playing with his remote control car, is unhappy about having to leave his close friends and the capital city of Jakarta. Worse, he encounters problems adjusting to his new school.

The twist comes when his school has to find at least six chi...