Sejauh Kumelangkah | UCU AGUSTIN | Indonesia, USA | 2019 | 34 minutes
Andrea (Dea) and Salsabila (Salsa) are childhood friends from Indonesia. They met in the same kindergarten for the visually impaired. Both of them have been blind since birth. At five years of age, Andrea’s family moved with her from Jakarta to Virginia, in the United States, to pursue a better future for the family and better educational opportunities for their blind daughter. Salsa remained in Jakarta. Despite the distance between them, the friendship continues.
In this coming of age story, we follow them both as they prepare for adulthood in two very different worlds. In Virginia, Andrea goes to a school that includes visually impaired and disabled students. Aware of being the central attention from the supportive family help her to get all access, on the other side Dea sees the dark side of it. She then challenges herself to be independent! During her summer break, she attends a creative residency program that encourages visually impaired youth to develop the skills necessary for living independently.
Back in Jakarta, Salsa, who is seventeen, lives in a dormitory far away from her parents so that she can attend one of the very few “inclusive schools” that accepts visually impaired students to study alongside non-disable students. Salsa’s dream is to become a math teacher for the blind, but she must navigate a home life and an education system with limited support for her needs. With adulthood around the corner, the two girls seek strength in their childhood friendship as they prepare for adult life in Indonesia and the USA.
Indonesian Film Forum New York
Documentary Film Festival
Jogja NETPAC Asian Film Festival
Citra Award for Best Short Documentary
DIRECTOR, PRODUCER, CINEMATOGRAPHER
Indonesian female documentary filmmaker, Ucu Agustin self-taught herself filmmaking when her project ‘Dead in Jakarta’ won documentary script development at JIFFEST (Jakarta International Film Festival) 2005. She is a writer, and was a journalist. For more than 10 years, Ucu made dozen documentaries (short and feature length), revealing injustice system in Indonesia that marginalized the weakest member of its society and how they fight for their rights and livelihood, such as “Conspiracy of Silence” (2010), “Fortune for My Children” (2008), and “Behind the Frequency” (2013). Her films have been screened at the Berlinale Film Festival, the International Documentary Festival Amsterdam (IDFA), and many other film festivals worldwide. She is currently based in Washington DC, and Jakarta.
Dian Raisha Is an Indonesian Director of Photography for commercial, fiction, and documentary films. Her work Chocolate Comedy (2013) as cinematographer have screened at IDFA.
CO-PRODUCER, ANIMATION & GRAPHIC DESIGNER
His passion for visual objects made him start to produce music videos and short films. Juan then more focus to be as an animator since 2014. He has collaborated with several artists from Hitrecord—an art community based in Los Angeles, California. His works have been aired on Pivot TV, and various film festivals in Indonesia.
Darwin is a filmmaker and film editor based in Jakarta, Indonesia. He won Citra Award–Indonesian Oscar, for his feature-length documentary “Dead Chicken in A Rice Barn (Ayam mati Di Lumbung Padi)” at Indonesian Film Festival (FFI) 2009. He edited many documentaries and feature films. His works receipt various awards and screened in art house cinema and international film festival such Busan International Film Festival, Vision Du Reel, Asian current Yamagata international Documentary Film Festival and many other int’l festivals across the globe.