Cinematographer: Jimmy Hendrickx
Editing: David Verdurme, Febe Simoens, Jimmy Hendrickx
Sound: Paul Chambers, Zoilly Molnar, Théophile Moussouni, Henry Gillet, Rinus Dewilde
Prod.: Harald House
Kristian Van der Heyden
349 B 13
9000 Gent Belgium
Tel.: +32 485 12 7750
DCP, Color, 65 min,
OV Bahasa with English Subtitles
A group of young punks are living on the breadline in the streets of Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia. Eka and his friends have run away from school and parental authority and are fighting for the freedom of the individual in the middle of steaming waste. They have a gloomy vision of the future of Indonesia which, since the end of the Suharto era, has struggled with corruption, pollution and poverty.
The tattoos on the boys’ faces symbolise and mark their split with society, for they have a stigmatizing effect. Those who are tattooed are taken as criminals and have trouble finding a job. The punks feel that they are linked to the Dayak people, who have traditional tattoos and try to cling to their age-old lifestyle, knowing perfectly well that their culture is going to die out with the rainforests.
“ Personal drama stories are intertwined with poetical sequences of the landscape and accounts given by the punks and the tribe members. In order to represent the vast complexity of their culture, we have also worked on the film, combining video art, docu / fiction and photography.”.