Daily Guidelines – December 5th, 2019


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Time flies, we have now come to the fifth day of our festival. Approaching the weekend, FFD awaits you to enjoy our series of documentary film screenings, exhibitions, and discussions.

Here’s FFD’s guideline for December 5th 2019 that we have assembled chronologically, just for you.


1.00 PM


There are five films to choose from this evening, Banda: The Dark Forgotten Trail (2017), Lipsett Diaries (2010), Still Born (2014), Apart (2018), and The Neighbours (2019).

A handful of nutmeg once could be worth more than a crate of gold in European markers. Banda Islands, one of the few places where nutmeg grew, became the prima donna the European traders fought over. Massacre and slavery in Indonesia happened for the first time there. The Netherlands was even willing to let go of Nieuw Amsterdam (now Manhattan, New York) to cast the British away from these islands. Watch the full story in Banda: The Dark Forgotten Trail (2017) screened at Societet Militair, Taman Budaya Yogyakarta.

A vortex of sadness dragged Arthur Lipsett, a Canadian experimental filmmaker who died at 49. His depression-fueled slump is explored through a series of images and sound retrieved from the late filmmaker’s own works; everything is captured in Lipsett Diaries (2010).

Still Born (2014) tells a mother’s longing for her stillborn baby. She, in several ways, tries to accept the fact that her baby will not survive and reflects how the other women in her position coped with the situation forty years ago. These stories are combined with 2D animation, coupled with animated images and 3D animation.

Apart (2018) illustrates one’s loss of their loved ones using live-action and animation techniques. The narrator’s real life experience is combined with a series of animation, reconstructing hurtful situations, peeking into the minds of three young people awaiting death.

The Neighbours (2019) presents a story of a son who witnesses his Czech father and German mother being executed by Revolutionary Guards after the end of World War II. The boy spends his childhood in education institutions, attempting to escape many a time.

These four animated short documentaries: Lipsett Diaries (2010), Still Born (2014), Apart (2018), and The Neighbours (2019) are screened at Auditorium IFI-LIP.

There’s also a discussion session on our DocTalk program entitled Intimacy and Ethics: Universal or Contextual?. This session will talk about the ethical gray area of achieving intimacy between the subject and the filmmaker in the documentary production. Three expert speakers are invited to answer these questions: Shin Eun-shil (programmer of SIDOF), DS Nugraheni (filmmaker), and Tonny Trimarsanto (filmmaker) over a discussion in Kedai Kebun Forum.

Of course, you too can see the exhibition program taking place from 1 to 9 p.m. There are three programs in total: The Feelings of Reality that presents eight Virtual Reality (VR) films, Sensory Ethnography that demonstrates the hybrid of audiovisual production and ethnographic approach, and SchoolDoc that installs the behind-the-scenes recording of the student documentary films. The Feelings of Reality and SchoolDoc are displayed in Societet Militair, while Sensory Ethnography can be visited in Kedai Kebun Forum. These exhibitions may be the perfect choice for you while waiting for the next screening or discussion session.


2.25 PM

FFD 2019 - The Summer of Arte

After seeing the animated documentaries at IFI-LIP Yogyakarta, you might want to hang in there a while to attend the Docs Docs program that comes after. Below are the films screened:

The Summer of Arte (2019) talks about a summer day in Arte Piazza Bibai, a statue park in a mountain in Hokkaido, Japan. Bibai, that once was the largest coal mining city, is now suffering from depopulation crisis. Public art projects are being kickstarted to revitalize the city with the help of art and culture.

Origin of Shadow (2017) recounts the letters written by a woman to her husband. He never read it because he died in war, leaving the letters as a memorandum. This is a movie and a poem for all who once resided in that city.

Katsuo-Bushi (2015) captured the stark contrast between Japanese modern food industry (cheap, fast food) and traditional work space, spotting a hidden link in katsuo-bushi trade in fish auction and Michelin star restaurants.

3.00 PM

FFD 2019 - Kompetisi Dokumenter Panjang Indonesia - Om Pius, "Ini rumah saya, come the sleeping"

In Societet Militair Taman Budaya Yogyakarta, you can see Om Pius, “Ini rumah saya, come the sleeping (2019), that narrates the story of a man who works and bets on lottery every day to stay alive. While his life seems peaceful, he is haunted by the history and memory of a tragedy in Papua.

If you have to miss this screening, do not worry because there will be another screening of Om Pius, “Ini rumah saya, come the sleeping (2019) on December 6th, 2019 at Amphitheatre Taman Budaya Yogyakarta at 7 p.m.


4.00 PM

FFD 2019 - China Man

As a part of Perspektif program that focuses on mental health issues, there will be two films screened at Auditorium IFI-LIP:

China Man (2019) recounts the story of Ek Kiat. At the age of five, he left his family and village in China to be adopted by new parents in Singapore. This drastic transition led to a troubled childhood, as he grew up with the self-inflicted pressure to suppress his past. ​China Man​, a 24-minute documentary short, follows Ek Kiat as he confronts the deep-seated insecurities that have plagued him over the last 20 years. 

Anxiety of Concrete (2017) brings you to Sky Apartments which was constructed in 1969 and had long been proclaimed among Disaster Dangerous Facilities. Looking up the concrete building that may collapse soon gives us goosebumps.


6.30 PM

FFD 2019 - Dokumenter Pendek - A Daughter's Memory

This is a perfect time for you to see the finalists of FFD’s Short Documentary Competition this year. There are four films screened tonight at Societet Militair Taman Budaya Yogyakarta.

Cipto Rupo (2019) is a film about an old man named Tjipto Setiyono (85), a rickshaw painter. Despite being past his prime, he lives alone in a small boarding room where his brush strokes come to life.

Hundreds and thousands of people were suddenly arrested without any legal reason. A few of them came home, the others stayed gone forever. A Daughter’s Memory (2018) tells the story of Svet, one among the thousands that survived the dark history of Indonesia. She recalls the memories with his father, who is believed to have taken part in the 1965 tragedy.

For the people of Sumba, women have an exchange rate, belis, in the form of horses, cows, buffalos, and pigs with high price. Women in Sumba are also known to have cloth-weaving as their habit. Perempuan Tana Humba (2019) braids tradition, values, and hopes from the women in Sumba in the whirlpool of modernity, where tradition and culture seemed challenged to be modified.

Sujud (2019) tells a story about a group of people who prostrate as a ritual for religious ceremonies. This community shares a belief named Sapta Drama, one of the native religions in Nusantara that uses bowing down as a worshiping medium.


7.00 PM

2019_film_Our Youth in Taiwan 1

At night, you can see the Screening Violence program by watching Our Youth in Taiwan (2018) at Amphitheatre Taman Budaya Yogyakarta. Youth and politics often go hand in hand. An eight year of filmmaking follows the story of young activists rebelling against Taiwanese and Chinese governments. Just like the young blood of the activists, the social movements in Taiwan too is passionate.

At the same time, there is an interesting discussion entitled Mental Health and Convoluted Happiness, presenting Rifki Akbar Pratama (researcher of Sekolah Salah Didik program and Kunci Study Forum & Collective) and Shalfia Fala Pratika (student of the Faculty of Philosophy UGM and survivor of Bipolar Personality Disorder) to talk openly about how we should understand, view, and act on mental health problems around us. This discussion is a part of Perspektif program and will be held at Auditorium IFI-LIP.


21.00 PM

FFD 2019 - Kompetisi Dokumenter Panjang - 2408BPM

240BPM++ (2019) will be screened to conclude the day. This film is a finalist of Indonesian Feature-length Competition category of this year’s FFD Documentary Competition. If you haven’t seen the movie earlier on Monday, this would be the last chance for you to watch it. Come see it at Societet Militair, Taman Budaya Yogyakarta. Don’t miss it!