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Indonesia, 17min


Gimbal

Director:

– Sidiq Ariyadi


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Gimbal

This documentary focuses on a farmer, Sutrisno whose daughter, Alya, has dreadlocked hair. The documentary offers a close portrayal of people’s beliefs that a child with dreadlocked hair comes from supernatural ancestors who follow the child. This film follows a family and their run up to a dreadlock haircutting ritual and the negotiations before the event. The director sensitively shows how Sutrisno, as the head of the family, works hard to fulfill his daughter’s request to complete the ritual.



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What were your reasons for making your documentary?

We made this film because the contents of the story are very close to our lives. The story is set in a location where we grew up, so we easily understand and relate to the cultural problems of dreadlock kids and their connection to the economy of the people who live within this culture. And for us, this cultural story merits being shared with others because it can remind of the way cultural practices sit within economic life. We hope that this film is helpful in letting people know about these practices in Indonesia.

– Director: Sidiq Ariyadi

Editor

Widianti Puspamurti

Widianti Puspamurti is a young film editor who has just started her journey in documentary film making. “Gimbal” was her first project. She has just graduated from the Jakarta Institute of Arts in Film and Television and is now working at a production house in Jakarta.

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