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Bangkok International Film Festival 2009 Program Note
Jury Prize, Public Prize / Vesoul International Asian Film Festival 2009
One bright sunny day, the whole country is shocked by the news of the death of a minister. A young female prostitute named Jamila, appears at the police station claiming that she is the murderer and responsible for the crime. The case becomes a controversy in an instant, spreading to all over the nation. During the trial, Jamila is convicted and sentenced to death. Jamila has her own last request before she is sent to her death penalty; she wants to meet the president and a well-known Moslem Preacher.
Ratna Sarumpaet(born in 1949) has taken a different path from the rest of the leading New wave directors in Indonesia. She has continuously raised issues for human rights through cultural movements in film and theater since the 70’s. Jamila and the President deals with child sex trafficking and its impact on the life of a woman. All in all, it is the result of her perpetual interest in the issue. The news of the murder of a minister shocks the entire nation and a woman named Jamila stirs up the country by alleging herself to be the murderer. She is sentenced to death and Islamic fundamentalists are protesting day after day in order to stop her from making an appeal. On the other hand, she refuses to meet anyone but the president. This film follows a typical melodramatic plot i.e., the hapless life of a woman that is tainted by society and men. However, this human rights activist/director doesn’t let this be a simple melodrama. Jamila doesn’t weasel out of her responsibility and yet she doesn’t blame everything on her. She is not just a victim but rather an interrogator to the society, the system and the ideology that put her on death row. If she doesn’t end this vicious circle now, her sisters will have no choice but follow in her footsteps. Therefore, it is important for her to meet the president, the emblem of the whole system. (CHO Hye-young)
Bangkok International Film Festival 2009
Ratna SARUMPAETRatna SARUMPAET
She is an artist, human rights activist and founder of the Indonesian Cine Club (1977). A Host of ‘Saturday With Ratna Sarumpaet’ (2000~2001). Initiator and organizer, ‘Indonesian People’s Summit’, Jakarta (1998)- Ratna was arrested and imprisoned for 70 days. Special Award for Female Human Rights Activists, Asia Foundation, Tokyo. Was awarded for her efforts to stage Marsinah Menggugat (Marsinah Accuses). 「MANOA」, a prominent art magazine in USA published a section of Marsinah Menggugat (Marsinah Accuses) in its special edition book,「 Silent Voices」.