Saya di Sini, Kau di Sana (a Tale of the Crocodile’s Twin)

TitleSaya di Sini, Kau di Sana (a Tale of the Crocodile’s Twin)
DirectorTaufiqurrahman Kifu
ProducerMuh.Fantsyuri
CinematographerAgung Dermawan
EditorTaufiqurrahman Kifu
CountryIndonesia
Year of Production2022
VDP Selection YearLaugh!-2023
Screen Time18min
LanguageIndonesian
SubtitlesEnglish/Japanese

Overview

Crocodiles and humans must share living space within the red zone (tsunami-prone zone). There, they live suspiciously of each other. ‘Saya di Sini, Kau di Sana’ is a thought-provoking documentary film that embarks on a journey to rediscover and reinterpret ancient knowledge preserved in local archives, folk tales, and myths. It delves into the intricate relationship between old narratives and contemporary ecological understanding, uncovering how they can offer valuable insights into our current environmental challenges.

Taufiqurrahman Kifu

Director

Taufiqurrahman Kifu is an interdisciplinary artist who uses various mediums such as drawing, photography, sound, video, film & performance art. In 2016 he co-founded Forum Sudutpandang, an art collective based in Palu that focuses on reproducing knowledge about the city. In 2022, he initiated a platform called MUTUALS, as a space for art and interdisciplinary experiments in recording the city through drawing, sound, and performance art. ‘Saya di Sini, Kau di Sana’ received a Special Mention from the Jury International in Oberhausen Short Film Festival (2023). Previously, he made the vertical experimental film ‘Rotation’ which received a nominations in several vertical and experimental film festivals.

Muh. Fantsyuri

Producer

Muh.Fantsyuri is a film programmer and program manager at Klub Penonton, a film exhibition and screening platform. He is also a member of Forum Sudutpandang, an art collective based in Palu, Indonesia. In 2023, He co-produced the short documentary ‘Saya di Sini, Kau di Sana’. Fantsyuri is currently active in a film archiving collective.

Rahmadiyah Tria Gayathri

Line Producer

Rahmadiyah Tria Gayathri is a cross media artist, film producer, art manager & disaster researcher. She has been active in her own artistic processes and co-founded a collective art forum named Forum Sudut Pandang since 2016. She produced her first feature-length film as a producer in 2017 and released ‘Mountain Song,’ in 2019 produced in the small village of Pipikoro in Sigi Regency, Central Sulawesi. It was nominated for and won at several festivals including the 2020 Asian Film Festival Rome; 2020 Festival Film Indonesia; 2019 World Cinema Amsterdam; and 2019 Shanghai International Film Festival.

Interview with the Director

Why did you make this documentary?
How did you come to work on this theme?

The film is an attempt to re-read knowledge from local archives such as folk tales and myths, and contextualize them within our ecological knowledge in the present and criticize how our perspective may be too anthropocentric. It also touches upon those methods that can be offered to mitigate disasters.

Commentary from the Screening Committee Members

Yamamoto Hiroyuki

Associate Professor, Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Kyoto University, Malaysian Area Studies/Media Studies 

On the island of Sulawesi, Indonesia, where the 2018 earthquake and subsequent tsunami killed thousands of people, the local Kaili language received attention for a term that was long used to describe liquefaction: being sucked into the mud. This documentary depicts a connection between the Kaili people and crocodiles. It is believed that both are born as twins to live separately on the land and in the water whilst be connected through the spirit. A “beware of crocodiles” signpost on the beach comes to take on a different meaning after viewing this work.

Makiko Wakai

Coordinator for New Asian Currents, Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival (YIDFF), Tokyo Office

This work depicts the story of a man and a crocodile “born” as twins to a family of high nobility. The crocodile mingles with the everyday lives of the Kaili people and manifests itself in both tangible and intangible ways within history, colonial times and even the tsunami of 2018. From times past to the present, the relationship between crocodiles and humans lives on within indigenous culture. Testimonies from archaeologists, survivors of the tsunami, animation and an everyday landscape weave a story that traverses boundaries.

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