Private Project

The Myth of Dewa

Logline : A curious tale of a timid boy who visits a daunting shaman to find a sense of home.

Synopsis : Inspired by the impact of the oppressive new order regime within families in Indonesia, "Alkisah Si Dewa" is a proof of concept magical-realistic short about a timid 10 year old boy who escapes home and visits a shaman to find his missing brother. Even with the shaman’s help, he still has to remain calm in the face of fear to clearly find his brother. It is a tale of a child’s inner struggle to find stability in the face of generational trauma. A struggle to find home in the journey itself.

  • Brahmma Putra Wijaya
    Director
    Seragam (Uniform)
  • Brahmma Putra Wijaya
    Writer
  • Annisa Adjam
    Producer
    West Love, Ringroad
  • Putri Ayudya
    Key Cast
  • Gamaliel Eleazar
    Key Cast
  • Philipus Raymond
    Director of Photography
  • Project Type:
    Short
  • Genres:
    Magical Realism, Drama
  • Runtime:
    10 minutes 56 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    April 30, 2023
  • Country of Origin:
    Indonesia
  • Country of Filming:
    Indonesia
  • Language:
    Indonesian
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Minikino Film Week
    Bali
    Indonesia
    September 15, 2023
Director Biography - Brahmma Putra Wijaya

Brahmma is a narrative film writer/director from Indonesia and the founder of a Jakarta-based production house called utuh.studio. He received his bachelors in film directing from the New York Film Academy with a summa cum laude in 2019 and has since produced multiple independent short films. He has received recognition at various film festivals for his latest short "SERAGAM" (2019), three of which are: Jogja-NETPAC Asian Film Festival (2020), Blow-Up Arthouse Film Fest Chicago (2020), and BOGOSHORTS 2022 in Colombia. Recently, he has also received the Indonesiana national film fund through the Minikino Film Festival that enabled him to attend Bogoshorts film Festival in Colombia to present and discuss his film with the Latin American audience. Throughout his education and career, he has participated in the production of more than 30 international short films. He is currently developing one feature film project and two short film projects in Indonesia and Finland.

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Director Statement

Alkisah Si Dewa tells the story of a boy’s journey in tackling his fears and doubts about adulthood, wrapped in magical realism. As a quiet kid growing up in a strict and stern household, I found my words through photography and film. Growing up in Indonesia with a lot of Hollywood role models, my childhood was influenced, even guided, towards foreign pop culture which is often unrelated to the complexity of being a kid in Indonesia. This film is aimed to be an inspiration for Indonesian kids to be critical while growing up and have a belief that adulthood is not something to be afraid of. I want to create an adventure story for kids that not only convey the “exciting” part but also explores the mental health side of kids which is rarely talked about on
screen.