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4th DMZ Docs(2012)

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The Dragon Who Walks on the Water

Otty WIDASARI

  • Indonesia
  • 2012
  • 109min
  • HD
  • color

Synopsis

The Dragon Who Walks on the Water is the second feature-length documentary produced by Indonesian video film group Forum Lenteng and Akumassa who are recognized for their consistent documentation of the lives of ordinary people through a body of video shorts work. This time they seek old man Kang Sui Liong of Chinese descent who has been tending to a Chinese temple for the past 23 years with his wife and young son. As the camera quietly observes their life along with the red lantern and small details that occur underneath the temple roof, Indonesia’s modern history unfolds before our eyes. Ten years have passed since the 1998 democratic reform but stories on Chinese-Indonesians seem to linger on the borders of ‘too much’ or ‘too less.’ Under the Suharto regime, Chinese-Indonesians were forced to endure having their existence totally denied for the past 32 years. Chinese language was banned as well as Chinese names and anything Chinese whatsoever. Born in 1939, Kang Sui Liong would have lived through the founding of Indonesia and the Suharto dictatorship. It was finally after 1998 that it became possible to mention the notion of Chinese, and in this light it seems natural that as offspring of the 1998 democratization, Forum Lenteng and Akumassa have chosen Kang, a Chinese-Indonesian who lives on the margins of society as the subject of this film. Kang’s past and his son’s uncertain future set against the red temple presents themselves as fragments of the days of hardship Indonesians had to bear after the country’s democratization. (PARK So-hyun)

Review

Director

  • Otty WIDASARI

    Born in 1973, a media facilitator, videomaker, artist Otty Widasari studied at the Social and Political Institute (Jakarta) majoring in journalism. She worked as a reporter for a daily newspaper and a weekly publication and later worked at a private television station as an art director. Otty Widasari now works in Jakarta and founded Forum Lenteng.  The Dragon Who Walks on the Water (2012) Untitled (2011) Kemarin / 9808, Proyek Payung (2008) Interior Kaca (2008) Rumah 1, 2 / Home 1, 2 (2007)​ 

Credit

  • ProducerHAFIZ
  • Screenwriter Otty WIDASARI
  • Cinematography Syaiful ANWAR
  • Editor Mufti Al UNAM, Choril CHODRI
  • Sound H. Sutan PAMUNCAK

Production Company / Distributor / Sales

Production Company  Forum Lenteng 

Distributor/Sales  Forum Lenteng

Tel  6221 7884 0373

E-mail  info@forumlenteng.org​