Experiencing Interruptions?

Luckiest Man On Earth

Sutrisno, a motorcycle taxi driver at a recently opened beach resort, often drives Marrina, a white Ukrainian woman who is on her vacations. With Google translate to interact, Sutrisno and Marrina can communicate with each other. Feeling close towards Marrina, Sutrisno desired to marry her and boasted Marrina to his friends and family.

  • Muhammad Exsell
  • Muhammad Exsell
  • Euro Linus
  • Christian Pilongo
    Key Cast
  • Aline Belka G
    Key Cast
  • Adrian Owen
  • Ramahadi Gama
    Assistant Direcotr
  • Dian Alicia
  • Kavin Immanuel
    Art Director
  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
  • Genres:
    comedy, drama
  • Runtime:
    16 minutes 33 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    March 9, 2022
  • Production Budget:
    3,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
  • Country of Filming:
  • Language:
  • Shooting Format:
  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
    Yes - Pelita Harapan University
  • Tampere Film festifal 2022
    March 9, 2022
    Europe Premiere
    Special Program Selection
  • Minikino Film week
    Asia Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Flickers' Rhode Island International Film Festival 2022
    Rhode Island
    United States
    August 8, 2022
    North America Premiere
    Official Selection
Director Biography - Muhammad Exsell

Muhammad Exsell Naufal Rabbani was born in 1998. He is an Indonesian filmmaker, currently pursuing a film major at Pelita Harapan University. While still in college, his several short films made it to the festivals in Indonesia. He’s also active in making music videos.

Add Director Biography
Director Statement

Throughout my life, I had a fascination for white skin that seemed to appear out of nowhere. As a child, blue eyes, blonde haired caucasian actors were the ones that caught my attention. I soon realized that this attraction towards white people had become a form of ‘idolization’ in my country. As I age, I realize that this obsession with light skin is supported by theories of colonialism and cultural imperialism through movies. As a result, caucasians are treated as celebrities in local areas, up to a point where it is normal to see locals asking for a picture with white tourists.

This obsession leads to people wanting to have lighter skin, and even trying to marry white people. There is the saying “improving your lineage”, which is where Indonesians believe that marrying a caucasian would allow them to have better looking children. This perspective of needing to improve the next generation makes me wonder how bad my race is being depicted, seeing as I need to ‘fix’ my race by marrying a caucasian.

Luckiest Man On Earth is inspired by an Indonesian man who married a tourist who was in his area the day she was travelling. Indonesian media immediately showcased his life as a success story, worthy of attention from audiences. There are even tips on how to get a caucasian spouse all around indonesian media, and more than a few people tried it out for themselves.

Advancements in technology and government subsidies in tourism, as well as the rise of internet use increases our exposure to light skin, blue eyes and blonde haired people. Whether it is from film posters, TV commercials, to tourists traps.

However, I realize that the obsession we have with white people are mainly concerned with beauty standards, as cultures between us are very different. As a result, we need to tolerate the local’s moral beliefs to accommodate tourists, turning Indonesia into a international scale tourist destination, with western standards.

In this movie, I am attempting to capture a phenomenon that has stuck with indonesians for so long, not to critique this cultural perspective, but instead as a reflection, of what our nation is headed to and how we perceive our own identity.