Indonesia | 2016 | Color | Drama | 97 min
DCP | Indonesian | 24 fps | 16:9 | DOLBY 5.1
In July 1996, riots break out in Jakarta, the Indonesian capital.
Wiji Thukul, an important critical and political poet, and a few other activists are designated as suspects and the police starts looking for them. Wiji has no choice but to leave his town, Solo, to escape to Borneo, 3,000 kilometers away.
Now a fugitive, Wiji starts his exile in fear. What if he was recognized and arrested?
On the road he is helped, protected and fed by activists who take him from house to house, from village to village away from the center of the repression. He soon moves in the home of a young couple, who helps him find a small job.
Writing poems, short stories and changing identity slowly help him find a certain peace. But in his mind and heart remain his wife, Sipon, and their two children left behind in Solo. There, under constant surveillance and pressure from the police, his family tries to go on with their daily life.
One day Wiji can’t take it anymore. He wants to go home. Never mind the danger and the lack of money. What is life if you can’t be with the ones you love?
FESTIVALS, selective list
- Locarno IFF 2016, Cineasti del Presente Competition
- Vladivostok IFF Pacific Meridian 2016, Competition
- Busan IFF 2016, A Window of Asian Cinema
- Filmfest Hamburg 2016, Veto! Competition
- Quezon City IFF 2016, Competition
- Festival des 3 Continents Nantes 2016, Competition
- Jogja NETPAC Asian Film Festival 2016, Competition
- International Film Festival Rotterdam 2017, Bright Future
- Bangkok ASEAN Film Festival 2017, Competition
- Taipei International Film Festival 2017
- Apreasiasi Film Indonesia 2016:
- Jogja Netpac Asian Film Festival 2016:
Golden Hanoman Award
- TEMPO Magazine 2016:
- Usmar Ismail Award, Indonesia 2017:
- Bangkok ASEAN Film Festival 2017:
- ASEAN International Film Festival2017 , Malaysia:
Special Jury Award
CAST & CREDITS
Yosep Anggi NOEN
Bayu Prihantoro FILEMON
L. H Aim ADINEGARA
Yulia Evina BHARA
Yosep Anggi NOEN
"A potent mix of melancholy and silent madness."
-- Clarence TSUI, The Hollywood Reporter