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The Day The Sky Roared

Jakarta, Indonesia - May 1998, during two days of mass violence, rioters killed thousand of people, most of Chinese decent. A single Chinese-Indonesian mother struggle to save her family as the riot rose near their neighbourhood. But for her 8 years old daughter, that was the day the sky roared.

  • Jason Iskandar
  • Jason Iskandar
  • Ignasius Andre
  • Timoti Tirta
  • Indira Handawi
    Key Cast
  • Teresa Handawi
    Key Cast
  • Roselina Lie
    Key Cast
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Langit Masih Gemuruh
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    10 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    July 1, 2015
  • Production Budget:
    3,000 USD
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    Black & White and Color
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  • Singapore International Film Festival 2015
    Singapore, Singapore
    December 5, 2015
    World Premiere
  • Jogja-NETPAC Asian Film Festival 2015
    Yogyakarta, Indonesia
    December 6, 2015
    Indonesian Premiere
  • XXI Short Film Festival 2016
    Jakarta, Indonesia
    March 20, 2016
  • Busan International Short Film Festival 2016
    Busan, South Korea
    April 25, 2016
    Asian Premiere
Director Biography - Jason Iskandar

Jason Iskandar was born in Jakarta, 1991. His parents used to take him to the cinemas when he was young. As a kid, he fell in love with Jurassic Park and that's how became passionate in filmmaking. He began directing when he was 17 in a workshop / documentary film competition “Think Act Change”. Held by The Body Shop Indonesia & Jakarta Arts Council, the workshop resulted Jason to win 3 awards for his film 'Sarung Petarung' (2007) including Best Documentary Film.

His next documentary 'Indonesia Bukan Negara Islam' (2009) won numerous awards: the Best Documentary
Award at the Documentary Film Festival (FFD) 2009 and Special Mention for Exploration of Medium in Asia-
Africa Film Festival 2010. His following film, 'Territorial Pissings' (2010) won Best Short Film at the Jogja-NETPAC Asian Film Festival 2010. He was also nominated for Piala Citra (Indonesian Oscars) for his short film, 'Tanya Jawab' (2011). In 2013, his short film 'Seserahan' (2013) was nominated for the best short film in 25th Singapore International Film Festival.

'Langit Masih Gemuruh' (2015) is his sixth short films, set in the beginning of anti-Chinese riot in Jakarta in 1998. The film was based on his own experience as Chinese Indonesian. When not making films, he work as Director at PT. Studio Antelope Indonesia, a creative media production
company he built with Florence Giovani in 2011.

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Director Statement

In 1998, the rioters killed thousand people, most of them are Chinese-Indonesian. But for me, a 7 years old Indonesian Chinese, not much that I could remember. It was like a dream where the fantasy and memories blend into one peculiar form. That's why I want to tell the story this way: to blend the realism of a historical event into a dreamy fantastic journey.