DEATH IN JAKARTA

A Documentary Film by Ucu Agustin
Indonesia. 2006. Video. 22 minutes. Indonesian with English Subtitle.

Film “Death in Jakarta” akan diputar di Jakarta International Film Festival di EX Plaza Indonesia studio 4 pada:

Minggu, 10 Desember 2006, pkl. 14.00: premiere (invitation only)
Kamis, 14 Desember 2006, pkl. 21.30
Sabtu, 16 Desember 2006, pkl. 14.00

Sinopsis
Bagaimanakah seseorang mati di Jakarta? Apa yang akan terjadi dengan jenazahnya bila ia tak memiliki keluarga seorang pun? Di Jakarta, mati bisa jadi persoalan rumit. Terutama jika anda tidak punya keluarga. Punya keluarga pun anda harus mengikuti sejumlah prosedur untuk bisa dikubur. Membayar lebih mahal dari yang seharusnya? Sudah biasa. Mengurus sana-sini sambil pusing kepala? Tentunya.

Tapi bagaimana bila anda tidak punya keluarga? Bagaimana kalau anda tunawan: gelandangan yang ditemukan di tepi jalan, orang gila, bayi-bayi yang di buang di tempat-tempat sampah, korban kecelakaan?

Film documenter pemenang Short Documentary Script Development Competition pada JiFFest 2005 ini bercerita tentang kematian dari sudut pandang yang jarang diketahui warga Jakarta.

Synopsis:
Most people assume that after death, there will be no hussle and bustle about life. When someone died, their social context will be gone. Islam, as a ‘majority’ s religion says the same so. If someone died, there will be no the rich and the poor. The dead people only
bring their deeds to their grave. All of their possession and her/his social status is being left.

But in reality, this statement is not valid. Here in Indonesia, how people choose the burial’s space, the way people buried, numbers of people who pay their respects to the family of the decease, the maintenance of decease’s funeral, and procedure they must cope whenever people manage their relative’s death, obviously show the differentiation of social class. In the eyes of death, there are two social class: those who have family and those who don’t (tunawan).

This film portrays how homeless and unidentified people (‘tunawan’) die in Jakarta. How can illegal citizen and poor people afford their funeral? How government treat them as bodies? Is it true that dead is sacred matter in Indonesia? How if the dead bodies is nothing, but “garbage” of our civilization?

Regards,

VEronica Kusuma
Executive Producer

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