Indonesian street buskers documentary is coming to Perth for a one-time-only screening event
Summer has always been a great season for moviegoers in Perth, and this year is no exception. We don’t often get the chance to see many obscure foreign films in actual theatres on our shores, but thanks to the Australia Indonesia Youth Association (AIYA), we get to see the critically acclaimed 2013 Indonesian independent documentary “Jalanan” on the big screen.
Director Daniel Ziv's debut feature film, and the People's Choice for Best Documentary at the 2014 Melbourne International Film Festival, Jalanan (which translates to "streetside") is a music documentary that follows the daily trials and tribulations of three talented and charming street buskers: Boni, Titi and Ho, as they struggle to make a living on the streets of Jakarta, Indonesia's bustling capital city.
In his interview with the Huffington Post, Canadian native Ziv mentioned that when he stumbled across the unique individuals who would soon to star in his documentary on the streets of Jakarta, he was so drawn into their world that he realised the story of their lives "deserved to be told". Ziv also stated that a year into filming, it started to become clear to him that Jalanan would become a much more expansive film that would go beyond the lives of the street buskers at its centre, and provide a "raw snapshot" of Indonesian society as a whole.
A special one-time-only screening event will be held at the HOYTS Millenium (Fremantle), on Saturday 6 February. The screening of the film will be immediately followed by a live Q&A with not only the director, but the three musicians featured in the documentary as well.
Get tickets to the screening here.
And that's not all! the three featured musicians Boni, Titi, and Ho will also be performing at Bar Orient (just a short walk from Hoyts Millenium) as part of the Fringe World Festival after the screening.