Adolfo Alix, Jr.'s Kadin (The Goat)won the Geber Award in the recently concluded Jogja-NETPAC Asian Film Festivalin Indonesia.
The Geber Award is chosen by independent film communities in Jogja. They are not only filmmakercommunities but also cine clubs from around Jogja. Jury membersinclude Ashari A Rahman, Programmer in Surabaya Film Independent,Film Committee in Surabaya Art Council; Ridla An-Nuur Setiawan, filmeditor and Indonesian film maker BW Purba Negara.
The film Kadin tackles a day in the lifeof siblings who are looking for their family's goat in the island of Batanes.Peping (Rico Mark Cardona) and Lita (Monica JoyCamarillas) travel far and wide for the goat that is their source of livelihood.
The other winners include:
Golden Hanoman : AgrarianUtopia (Uruphong Raksasad, Thailand)
Silver Hanoman : Slingshot Hiphop (Jackie Salloum, Palestina)
NETPAC Award : Agrarian Utopia (Uruphong Raksasad, Thailand)
Blencong Award : A la Folie (Sanif Olex , Singapore)
In the official website of the Jogja-NETPAC film fest, festival programmer Yosep Anggi Noen wrote this letter regarding this year's entries:
"It wastruly a tough job to select Asian feature-length films this year once we hadagreed that HOMELAND is this festival's theme. Most contemporary Asian featurestend to be about personal and sentimental matters.
"Therefore I interpreted the meaning of HOMELAND more in personal andsentimental ways given that the personal problems have become the root ofnational problems and part of the romanticisation of a nation. InvisibleChildren tells the story of the uncomfortable conditions of Singaporeanchildren brought about by an obsessed parent who has neglected the children'srights.
"Good Cat from China and The Goat from The Philippines dwell on the themes ofland and use the metaphor of the animal to reflect on human dignity, power andfear from the degraded conditions in the rural areas of both countries. ThisLonging and Agrarian Utopia capture the conditions of the transitional societyand the marginalization of agrarian tradition.
"There are two ways in narrating the racial issues in Indonesia. While Edwintells about the very emotional Chinese problems in Indonesia in Blind Pig Wantsto Fly, Sammaria Simanjuntak speaks about the same problem in a moremelancholic and sentimental way in her film Cin(t)a. Both directors insert apersonal dimension into their films, an expression of the voices of therepressed.
"This festival will open with an action film, Merantau, which narrates thequestions of young West Sumatrans (Minang) on the meaning of merantau--thedeep-rooted philosophy in matrilineal society obligating the adult male tosearch for work in the urban areas far away from their home area. I sense thefragile psyche and longing of the protagonist for his homeland beyond hisskills in traditional martial arts (pencak silat). The longing for the homelandis also reflected in Malaysian Gods when the political reform movements haveimpacted on the personal lives of the Indian community in Malaysia.
"In other parts of the globe, music is a critical power to understand an era.This is what happens when young people employ music in more critical ways.Generasi Biru captures the youth spirit and critical stance of the Indonesianyouth. The closing film Slingshot Hip Hop narrates the Palestinian youngpeople's struggle for their homeland by speaking in their mother tongue,expressing their attitudes and longing for their home.
"Having seen all the films, I arrive at the conclusion that sometimes tounderstand HOMELAND is to simply hear music, observe our neighbour, and see thepassion of youth. Do you agree? So please, watch and enjoy the films."