Good Pitch Indonesia 2019 Films

A Boarding School

A Boarding School offers a deep insight into a traditional Islamic educational system based on a peaceful religious teaching that has been practiced in Indonesia for centuries.

The film is set in a large traditional Islamic boarding school in Cirebon, West Java—one of the few traditional Islamic boarding schools in the country run by a woman, Nyai Masriah Amva. Traditional Islamic boarding schools, known locally as pesantren, emphasise the autonomy of the students to think for themselves and to interpret scripture and modern knowledge in a way that is consistent with the teachings of Islam, rather than organise its studies as mere academic progression leading to graduation.

Indonesia has been the world’s role model for the coexistence between Islam and democracy. Sadly, this peaceful home of diversity and tolerance is under threat, as conservative politics, fake news and religious extremism is growing its exponential influence. Contrary to common belief, many boarding schools are not the breeding place for terrorists. They are actually Indonesia’s last defense from turning into an Islamic state.

A Boarding School aims to spark meaningful reflection on the wealth of wisdom in Islam that should not be single-mindedly defined by certain groups. The film also wants to advocate for an education system that is not based in academic results but also character-building and civic responsibilities. More importantly, the film wants to promote and strengthen peace and tolerance so we can build an inclusive future in Indonesia and all over the world.

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Waste on My Plate

Aim for the Stars

Aim for the Stars

Salsa and Dea are blind teenagers, who have been friends since kindergarten but now living in two different countries, Indonesia and the U.S. Their heartwarming bitter-sweet coming-of-age story moves the audience to see beyond what is now available for young people living with disabilities in Indonesia.

Aim for the Stars tells the story of two visually impaired childhood friends, who are now teenage girls living separately in two different countries, USA and Indonesia. SALSA (17) is unable to see since birth. She has to live in a dorm—a social house for blind and mute, in order to gain access to an inclusive school in Jakarta. DEA (17) was brought by her parents to the US to get a better education. The two friends remain in contact and united in spirit, despite different realities that they face everyday. Salsa wants to be a Math teacher, while Dea is pursuing her passion in writing. Dea is a writer for her school’s online magazine while Salsa is involved in a band.

Indonesia has the second largest population of blind and visual impairment in the world after Ethiopia (around 3.5 million or 1.5% from 250 million people—total Indonesia population). Indonesia has issued laws that encourage schools to include students with special needs to ensure equal access to education. Currently, only 15 percent of elementary and secondary education in Indonesia accepts students with special needs. Most schools are either unable to enrol them or still perceiving them as extra burden and liabilities for the school’s academic prestige. Although the Indonesian law requires the government to provide additional support for people with disabilities to obtain education, this support is rarely available; preventing schools to be able to afford special teachers and supportive infrastructure for visually impaired students and students with other disabilities to engage fully in the education process. This reality takes away the birth right of every child to be educated.

The most immediate campaign target is Indonesian schools that admit students with special needs. Despite their inclusive brand, not all inclusive schools have facilities, teachers, and policies that ensure access of education to students with special needs. We want the film to be shown to school administrators, teachers, and policy to show how their schools can be improved by providing extra help for students with special needs. The film also aims to influence young audience and general public to foster empathy and inclusive behaviours for people living with disabilities so that public support for better infrastructure and access for disabled communities can be built. We also seek partners who can provide necessary trainings for blind teenagers to obtain jobs that are aligned with their passion and skills.

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Aim for the Stars

Living on Top of the Fault

Living on Top of the Fault immerses the audience inside the most important community movement in Central Sulawesi after the deadly disaster that claimed more than 4,000 lives.

Despite the precarious geological location on top of an active Palu-Koro strike-slip fault that moved 3-4 mm a year, both the government and public in Palu do not have disaster mitigation strategies that can manage risks and prevent massive loss of lives and properties. Currently, the government and foreign aid agencies are planning to erect a multi-billion dollar giant sea wall to protect the shore of Central Sulawesi from tsunami.

Living on Top of the Fault reveals the uphill struggle experienced by a group of activities and artists who want to use science, history and local wisdom to educate the public about how to plan their lives around periodic natural disasters that are happening in their communities. Will policy-makers and development agencies listen and cooperate with a grassroot movement that is more participatory and sustainable?

The ultimate goal of the film is to ensure that communities can strive to live their utmost potentials, even when they live side by side periodic and repetitive natural disasters.

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Living on Top of the Fault

The Flame

One million hectares of Borneo’s forest was destroyed for Mega Rice Project. Iber Djamal (77)—part of the indigenous communities who opposed this project unsuccessfully—keeps on pursuing the only legal way to protect the forest by obtaining a legal customary forest title for the remaining forest in his area.

Between 2000 and 2012, Indonesia cut down 6 million hectares of its rainforest, equivalent to clearing 1,902 football fields—an area half the size of England—everyday. No other nation is destroying its forests faster. Indonesia is now the largest emitter of greenhouse gases from deforestation.

In 2018, President Jokowi committed to provide legal means for indigenous communities in Indonesia who have been both direct users and guardians of the forest to obtain customary forest title. He aimed for 12.7 million hectares of Indonesian forest to be legalised as customary forest of indigenous tribes who live nearby the forest for centuries. Currently only 27,000 hectares have been handed back to indigenous communities. Many indigenous communities in Indonesia are still struggling to defend their forest from destructive activities.

President Jokowi has also issued moratorium to stop new licensing Indonesian forest to companies that will convert the forest into palm oil plantation. The implementation of this moratorium has been challenging; due to corruption and unsynchronized regulations between various departments and governing bodies.

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Waste on My Plate

Waste on My Plate

Through cinematic visual exploration, Waste on My Plate reveals one of the ugliest realities of our current life style; how we produce so much waste that creeps back to our plate.

Indonesia is the second largest producer of marine plastic waste. Everyday, the country produces 25,000 tons of plastic waste. Despite its severe waste management problem, the country is only starting to explore possible ways to reduce waste. Public campaign, policies and commitment from the industry are only at the preliminary stage.

Waste on My Plate relies heavily on the magical impact of its cinematic craftsmanship in shocking the audience with the magnitude of waste problem in Indonesia. From personal homes, to mundane communal activities, the film takes the audience into how so much waste is created by living a normal life style as a regular Indonesian citizen. Waste on My Plate also reveals how the waste produced by human activities cannot be completely disposed and will come back as a threat to food and water safety to the people who create them in the first place.

The film wants to create national discussions on how micro-plastics will enter our food system. It aims to galvanise support for existing initiatives that reduce and manage plastic waste while driving stronger policies in reducing plastic waste in both national and local level.

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Waste on My Plate