The Ways to Monas

A photographer at the Jakarta National Monument (Monas) recounts a story about four friends who made a promise to meet up again there one day. When that day comes, they all come from different areas of Jakarta therefore everyone has their own challenges to face on the way to Monas. They need something to get them through their trials.

  • Andra Fembriarto
    Cayasukma/The Lightdancer (Short Film), The Raining Tree (Short Film), Moonlight Cinema (Short Film)
  • Andra Fembriarto
    Cayasukma/The Lightdancer (Short Film), The Raining Tree (Short Film), Moonlight Cinema (Short Film)
  • Achmad Sirman
  • Adnan Putra
    Key Cast
  • Jennifer Aryawinata
    Key Cast
  • Wanda Michelle
    Key Cast
  • Yudhi Arfani
    Key Cast
  • Achmad Sirman
    Key Cast
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Menuju Monas
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    Drama, Comedy, Travel
  • Runtime:
    14 minutes 25 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    December 1, 2018
  • Production Budget:
    4,000 USD
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Director Biography - Andra Fembriarto

Andra Fembriarto (born 1986) is a director, videographer and writer based in Jakarta, Indonesia. Best known for the Piala Citra 2013-nominated short film Pohon Penghujan (“The Raining Tree”) and travel web series Jalan-Jalan Men and Jurnal Indonesia Kaya, Andra’s passion is to celebrate Indonesian cultural heritage in global screens.

Andra’s works are best known for unearthing Indonesian heritage from off the beaten path through entertaining storytelling techniques meshed with pop culture references that appeal to a global audience. Based on his experience in travel and cultural works, Andra dreams to produce Indonesian-inspired fantasy films and fictional novels. These works will be produced by his creative studio Studio Amarana.

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Director Statement

Diversity is a double-edged sword. If a multicultural society forgets to utilise its diverse political views, religious affiliations, and social statuses as a source of strength, then that society will crumble.

In Indonesia, that strength is weakening. It is becoming easier for simple values such as tolerance, empathy, and other lessons taught in school books to be forgotten even though those lessons are universal.

In "The Ways to Monas", I want to make a simple film. A film that is inspired by a lesson from a school book. This film is a representation of of the diverse background of Indonesian citizens who have their own paths to take, but they still need to be reminded of the common goal, which is the prosperity of the people. That goal cannot be achieved if everyone forces their way upon others.

This film is told through a 'tale' told by a photographer as a framing device reminiscent of the stories told in the school books. I hope this film entertains and also touch people's hearts. Thank you.