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The Mask

A story behind the strength, mightiness and bravery of Rifki as “Pembarong”. Starting from physical training, mystique ritual and the culture that builds philosophy into belief. He strives to preserve the culture from global erosion in this millennial age.

His parents’ strong opposition to being a “Pembarong” made Rifki more eager to protect his ancestors’ culture. Abadha a university student from Yogyakarta whose curiosity and willingness to learn about his ancestors’ culture lead him to his old friend Rifki.

The rituals done by “Reyog” performe ignite his curiousity about this particular culture from Ponorogo, East Java. Does teenagers like Rifki still uses black magic to be able to lift “dadak merak”, the infamous mask worn by Reyog performer that weighs 50 kg, or the strength is merely from intense physical training?

Those story fuel Abadha’s curiousity to seek for answers, until he met the town’s elder called Mbah Wandi to confirm what has been told by Rifki. After seeing the prayers recited by senior Pembarong to ask for God’s protection, Abadha is finally certain to take part in preserving his ancestor’s culture, like what Rifki has been doing. Even though people think mystique as taboo, when it should be seen as a commonplace thing.

  • Adiyatma Mahardika
  • Adiyatma Mahardika
  • Rangga Pijar A.
  • Nuri P. Hastuti
  • Abadha Al Kautsar
  • Adiyatma Mahardika
  • Rifqi Hermawanto
    Key Cast
  • Abadha Al Kautsar
    Key Cast
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Sang Pembarong
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short, Student
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    17 minutes 49 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    July 18, 2018
  • Production Budget:
    400 USD
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Distribution Information
  • Youtube
    Country: Worldwide
    Rights: Pay Per View
Director Biography - Adiyatma Mahardika

21 year old Indonesian producer and director. Currently studying at the Faculty of Economics and Business, University of Indonesia. First made a professional short film in the second grade of high school. Has produced 4 films throughout his career as a producer and director.

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Director Statement

I want to develop idealistic films in the millennial era.