How Far I’ll Go

Ucu Agustin
Indonesia, USA
34 minutes
In Distribution


Two visually impaired childhood friends, Andrea and Salsabila, who are now teenage girls, living with their blindness in two different places—USA and Indonesia. They share the same idea for the future: to gain independence so they can prepare for a better life!

More about Film

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.

Impact Distribution
The Impact Campaign Film How Far I’ll Go was held to raise sensitivity and concern for disability and inclusiveness issues and encourage the public to support the growth of an inclusive environment.

How Far I’ll Go is the first inclusive Indonesian film that offers complete accessibility. Many parties, who were completely unfamiliar with disabilities, began to understand and become more sympathetic and moved to care about disabilities after the movie screening. These screenings also brought film activists closer to the person with disabilities, attracted many film and arts communities to register as screening partners, and inspired the Gerakan Ibu Inklusif (Inclusive Mother Movement).

Other Details

Production Company
Gambar Bergerak, Di Rantau Production


Docs By The Sea 2018, Good Pitch Indonesia 2019, IF/Then Southeast Asia 2018


Completion Fund
IF/Then Southeast Asia
World Premiere
DMZ Int’l Documentary Film Festival
Official Selection
Indonesian Film Forum New York
Indonesian Premiere
Jogja NETPAC Asian Film Festival
Citra Award for Best Short Documentary
Indonesian Film Festival


Ucu Agustin
Ucu Agustin
Director, Producer
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
Dian Raisha
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.
Juan Mayo
Juan Mayo
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 Nugraha
Darwin Nugraha
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.

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