One Way Glass

One Way glass is glimpse into Ketut Sukerti struggle for survival. She roams the streets of Bali begging, sorts though piles of waste and runs a small manufacturing business all to earn money to provide for her 6 children.

Most commonly known for hawking travelers at traffic lights, women and children in this area of bali beg, play music or sell small items for money. We often never see what things look like from the other side of the glass when we’re sat in our comfy AC cars, while these people stand in 30+ degree heat searching for much needed money to support their families. If only we knew how hard they worked and what their day was like on contrast to ours.

  • James D Bowen
  • Kassie Bowen
  • Ketut Sukerti
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short
  • Genres:
    Documentary, Short
  • Runtime:
    8 minutes 48 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    April 4, 2023
  • Production Budget:
    300 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
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Director Biography - James D Bowen

James D Bowen, UK, is the founder and visionary behind the Bali based production house Overcrank Media. James has a wealth of experience in video production, working for some of the world’s leading brands in the UK and Europe. After several years working for a local company in Bali, and with his feet firmly rooted in Indonesia, James founded his own production company, PT. Overcrank Media Production.

He has a passion for storytelling but no formal training. He's 'not that into social media' and really aspires too 'make films not content'. He wants people to see and enjoy his work but equally he wants to make films that people feel compelled to tell others about.

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Director Statement

In April 2022, I had no work and things were getting desperate. In times of great difficultly I always try to put some good back into the world. Bali Street Mums was a charity I was already aware of as I'd seen the work they were doing with child beggars on a busy road on route to the airport. After approaching the owner and meeting with many woman at the safe house, Ketut really stood out to me. Her work ethic and attitude to life after suffering so much really touched me. She caused me to look at myself and asses my own outlook on life, she taught me some valuable lessons. I felt compelled to tell her story.

Ketut and I still talk regularly, she sends me memes and I offer support to her and the charity whenever possible. I hope seeing this film will create empathy towards women in impossible situations and hopefully create awareness for the charity who are offering a structured and safe means of support to these vulnerable women. Ultimately the goal will always be to end child begging and exploitation and this is one step towards that.