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Jakarta Post

The filmmaker who uses comedy to tell tragedies

  • Yudhistira Agato


Jakarta   /   Wed, March 3 2021   /  01:00 am
Maria (Diana Valencia), Turut Berduka Cita's lead character, has to constantly recount the chronology of her father’s death to the visiting guests at the funeral home(JP/Courtesy of Winner Wijaya)

Deaths and funerals are strange. No one seems to know what to do or say. When my mother passed away a couple of years ago, I found that the emotions didn’t really hit right away. Instead, they crept up in the midst of taking care of funeral arrangements, picking out the casket or talking to the visitors at the funeral home. Every conversation felt a bit awkward, if not downright exhausting. The short film Turut Berduka Cita (Deep Condolences) explores the absurdities that often take place in such situations. Maria (Diana Valencia), the lead character, finds herself having to constantly recount the chronology of her father’s death to visitors at the funeral home, only to be met with odd, casual remarks and inappropriate anecdotes about the deceased. In one scene, after Maria’s explains how her father passed away – of heart disease – a woman casually ask...