Private Project

Little Steps Of Water Bearer

Banni (7) wants to stop carrying the water. Water is rare in her village. Hence, she needs to walk far to get the water and carry it back home. One day, she tells her mom her unwillingness to carry the water. Her mom is getting older and her back aches so Banni can't stop. Banni doesn't sit still. She knew she
needed a change. She dreams for a better future for her family.

  • Husnul Chotimah
  • Husnul Chotimah
  • Rival Dian Andika
  • Rapelly Theodore Surbakti
  • Safri Maida BT Djongu Wike
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    11 minutes 2 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    July 7, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    350 USD
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Director Biography - Husnul Chotimah

Had her undergraduate degree majoring in psychology. Has been interested in films since 2011 and
joined in making some short-films, and feature films and also joined in promotion team in some films for
cinemas. Husnul already made some short films as producer, director and also scriptwriter.

1. Rasa (2018)
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2. Tanda Tangan (2018)
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3. Seirama (2020)
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4. Stories From Your Home (2020)
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1. Nusa Bali Horror Film Festival 2020 : Best Scriptwriter
2. Nusa Bali Horror Film Festival : Best Film

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Director Statement

I joined as volunteer in emergency response to the cyclone happened in April 2021 in Nusa Tenggara Timur, Indonesia.
This was a meaningful experience especially because for the first time for me to see, feel, and understand the local survivors. During our one-month response, there were found many cases of deformation in their upper back, especially in elder women. This could happen to ones’ body if they did too much of carrying heavy things, or in this case, bearing the water for miles every day.

My heart felt something when I saw an elder woman carrying water and a little girl, only about 6-years- old, taking a break from her water bearing activity under a tree. It brings a question to me, “Until when will they keep doing this?” despite the local customs. It turns out, this has occurred long before the cyclone hit.
It is an image of a reality happening in rural areas with limited electricity and communication. The rarity of water calls for women, whether little girls or even elderlies, to carry the water for their families. We made this film during our spare time with the children and other locals. They were very entertained and proud when they saw the film just before we went.