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12th(2010)



At Stake: Funding for Children

Ucu AGUSTIN

  • Indonesia
  • 2008
  • 26min
  • Beta, Digi-beta
  • color
  • Documentary

Berlin International Film Festival 2009
 Best Documentary Film / Documentary Film Festival Indonesia 2009

 

 

After sunset, Mount Bolo gives a different type of service to the public and transform into an illegal prostitution area. On Mount Bolo, with a standard fee of 10,000 rupiah (US $1 per session), these women have to serve men seeking sex at night on the hard surface of the Chinese family graves, just to make ends meet.


 

 

This film reveals the notorious sex trade in the Chinese cemetery located in Mount Bolo, eastern Java. The extremely poor women in this area break rocks during the day and sell their bodies at 10,000 rupees (about 1 US dollar) at night for their families. Even the ‘kiwirs,’ the local name for pimps, sponge off these women. Ironically, the Chinese cemetery is big and luxurious since Chinese people believe that the higher the cemetery is the closer their souls get to heaven. This film accuses men of their imprudence by showing the poor women who are forced to sell their bodies together with the shameless men who use these women and brand them with loose morals.(CHO Hye-young)

Director

  • Ucu AGUSTINUcu AGUSTIN

    Ucu started to write for magazines since she was a college student, majoring in Islamic study. After graduating, she continued her career as a freelance columnist writing about human rights issues in various publications. Then, she experimented with short documentary. One of her films Death in Jakarta (2006) won the Jakarta International Film Festival script development Competition..

Credit

  • ProducerNia DINATA, Constantin PAPADIMITRIOU, Vivian IDRIS
  • Cinematography Rudolph Angelo RATULANGI, Hoka Boy, Goen Guy GUNAWAN
  • Art director Abduh AZIZ
  • Editor Bernardes SALVANO, Aline JUSRIA
  • Music Aghi NAROTTAMA, Bemby GUSTI, Ramando GASCARO
  • Sound Ferry ARDIYAN, Yusuf A. PATAWARI, Budi SETIAWAN