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The Mother's Land

A tale of man who tries to captivate the motherland to find answer in the middle of chaos and despair.

  • Kevin Rahardjo
  • Abraham Joshua Hubert
  • Mikael Farady
    Key Cast
  • Sifra Magdalena
    Key Cast
    "The Motherland"
  • Eva Tessalonica
    Key Cast
  • Novita Sari
    Key Cast
  • Gabriel Hutagulung
  • Nurendra Nasharudin
    Danur 3, Sunyi
  • Gabriel Hutagulung
    Sound Designer
  • Kevin Rahardjo
    Director of Photography
  • Abraham Joshua Hubert
    Camera Person
  • Akmar Boma
  • Christine Sherlia
    Make-up Artist
  • Caroline Rahardjo
    Art Director
  • J. Baptista Anton
  • Jack Arthur Simanjuntak
    The Raid
  • FX Damarjati
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Indonesia Kita
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Short, Student
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  • Runtime:
    3 minutes 54 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    January 15, 2020
  • Production Budget:
    300 USD
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  • Student Project:
    Yes - Pelita Harapan University
  • Choreoscope - The International Dance Film Festival of Barcelona
    September 14, 2020
    European Premiere
    Official Selection
  • International Meeting on Video-dance and Video-performance
    November 16, 2020
    Official Selection
  • Reelozind! Australia-Indonesia Film Festival 2020
    Australia & Indonesia
    October 5, 2020
    Official Selection
  • 47th Concordia Film Festival
    June 21, 2020
    International Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Star Film Fest
    September 3, 2020
    Croatian Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Jacksonville Dance-Film Festival
    United States
    March 25, 2021
    Official Selection
Director Biography - Kevin Rahardjo

Kevin Rahardjo is an independent filmmaker based in Jakarta, Indonesia. His Chinese descent exposed him to a lot of cultural differences and social issues in Indonesia which influence his works today. The main focus of Rahardjo's works engages with gender expression, political, cultural and also a narrative attempt against racism in Indonesia.

Rahardjo is an alumni of BIFAN NAFF Fantastic Film School 2022. Rahardjo’s previous projects were selected to receive funding from Vivo Indonesia and National Economic Recovery Program in 2021.

His works have been shown at international film festival such as HBO’s Urbanworld Film Festival, Encounter Film Festival, Tampere Film Festival, Choreoscope Dance Film Festival, Houston Asian American Pacific Islander Film Festival and ReelOzInd! Australia-Indonesia Short Film Festival.

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Director Statement

Motherland is a national personification of Indonesia, an embodiment of the Indonesian homeland. Since prehistoric times, various ethnic groups in the archipelago have respected the spirit of nature and the power of the earth, they liken it as a mother who gives life, as a goddess of nature, the environment and peace. I also adopted some elements and characteristics of Indonesian Traditional into choreography with simple and natural direction aimed to relate more to Indonesian traditional's aesthetic.

The Protagonist which represents Indonesian, struggles to win and captivate the heart of the Woman, which represents The Motherland. The Protagonist objective is to get an answer for his questions about his identity. I am presenting through the ending, in which the The Protagonist get his answer about him being the cause and finally become one with The Motherland.

Born with Chinese decent in Indonesia, i was exposed to a lot of cultural differences and social issues in Indonesia as a result of not being seen as a “real” Chinese or Indonesian. That's why my family attempts to reinforce our “roots” through cultural practices in my daily life. This sample of work reflects my desire to explore traditional Indonesian culture while also searching for my own identity as a Chinese-Indonesian.