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Filmatique's New Asian Voices Series continues with Siti, Eddie Cahyono's debut feature that premiered at Singapore, Hong Kong, Hamburg and Shanghai, where it won Best Screenplay.
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Copyright Siti, Eddie Cahyono (2014)
Siti is a young mother living in small town in Indonesia. After her husband was gravely injured in a fishing accident, Siti has become the sole bread-winner in the household— beachside crab-cracker vendor by day, karaoke entertainer by night. As economic pressure dovetails into Siti's trauma of having witnessed her husband's accident, she becomes a woman on the verge of a breakdown.
Eddie Cahyono's vivid black-and-white portrait of an ordinary Indonesian woman transforms a symptom of economic hardship— the need to hold two jobs— into a mise-en-abîme of the schizophrenic relationship between a corrupt, oppressive society and its citizens.