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Jakarta Post

'Hacking reality' for a more inclusive Indonesia

  • Bambang Muryanto

    The Jakarta Post

Yogyakarta   /   Sat, December 7 2019   /  12:23 am

Twenty-six-year-old Kuswati from Purbalingga regency in Central Java has no hands, but that does not keep her from working.Using her feet, she makes fake eyelashes.“I earn Rp 3,000 [less than 50 cents] a day. I save [the money] so I can build a simple kiosk to run [a business],” said Kuswati, who dropped out of elementary school while she was only a second-grader as she could no longer bear the bullying by her classmates.The story of Kuswati’s life is recorded in a 10-minute documentary titled Bulu Mata Kaki (Foot Eyelashes) directed by Firman Fajar Wiguna.The film is one of eight documentaries on the topic of disability screened at the Documentary Film Festival (FFD) in Yogyakarta, which runs from Dec. 1 to 7 as part of the “Feeling of Reality” program.Coinciding with the International Day of Persons with Disabilities on Tuesday, the FFD organized a discussion on the eight doc...