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Lost Boy

After losing his job during the pandemic, Gilang, an 18-year-old boy, continues to try to survive in his lonely life. Life crises, trauma from work, and the loss of those closest to him force Gilang to make peace with himself. Until finally Gilang dared to look for work again, but all he got was a feeling of trauma which made him even more depressed.

  • Rafi Eka
  • Rafi Eka
  • Siti Edelya
  • Bintang Aska
    Key Cast
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Lost Boy
  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
  • Genres:
    Drama, Coming of Age Drama, Experimental
  • Runtime:
    29 minutes 19 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    July 28, 2023
  • Production Budget:
    233 USD
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Director Biography - Rafi Eka

Rafi Eka was born in Jakarta, October 10, 2003. Growing up as a child of the capital, his desire is to always bring up stories that not many people know about the film medium. Since middle school, he has written and directed his own films. Until high school, he participated in many film trainings and became the Head of Journalism at the school. There he made several short films with his friends who are now co-founding Kangoo Studios. And now he is studying at MMTC Yogyakarta. There he wrote several films with his friends, which were successfully screened and received awards. And now he is also actively involved in his hometown community, Patriot Film Bekasi.

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Director Statement

The pandemic has hit many people in the past few years. And right now, it's as if we keep walking and forget what we've been through in our difficult times.

I try to reflect on those things as a fire of peace over life's problems that occur.

I chose an aspect ratio of 4:3 to describe the narrow world of the characters and static shots to describe the monotonous life.

However, the aspect ratio has also changed to 16:9. It is a manifestation that humans are not always alone, sometimes our mindset makes them narrow. When we meet people, laugh at each other, exchange stories, we will always empathize, have a wide world. Because we are social creatures.

What I am trying to present symbolically as a bird here is a creature that was created to fly high, but is forced to stay in a cage. The small detail in which Gilang ties the bird's feet to a wooden pedestal is symbolic of Gilang himself, where he has been "caged" and the ropes are the "wounds" that keep pulling his steps.

What should we do with our wounds? How should we make peace with our solitude and loneliness? I think that's the question I'm trying to reflect on at the end of this film.

I am very grateful to the people involved in making this film happen.