More selections from Asia Africa Film Festival (AAFF) 2019, produced by Globetrotter Lab.
Unbeknownst to many, Asia and Africa actually share a lot in common and are connected in ways both culturally as well as historically, and, at Asia Africa Film Festival (AAFF), we plan on highlighting these commonalities through film.
With AAFF, we hope to expand taste and knowledge beyond our own cities and continents while bucking stereotypes, economic, class and racial barriers.
To do that, we have assembled a carefully curated selection of movies, ranging from feature films, documentaries and shorts from the two continents.
LAUT BERCERITA (THE SEA SPEAKS HIS NAME)
Director: Pritagita Arianegara
Indonesia | 30 Min | Short
An activist during the New Order talks about the series of events that leads up to his imprisonment. The short movie is an adaptation of Leila S. Chudori’s novel.
BURIAL OF KOJO
Director: Sam Blitz Bazawule
Ghana | 80 Min | Feature
A man is trapped in a mine shaft by his vengeful brother while his daughter embarks on a magical journey to rescue him. ⠀
MOTHER OF GEORGE
Director: Andrew Dosunmu
Nigeria | 107 Min | Feature
Adenike and Ayodele, a Nigerian couple living in Brooklyn, are having trouble conceiving a child - a problem that defies cultural expectations and leads Adenike to make a shocking decision that could either save or destroy her family.
THE ETERNITY BETWEEN SECONDS⠀
Director: Alec Figuracion⠀
The Philippines | 90 Min | Feature⠀
Two strangers meet in Korea and form an intimate relationship as they bond over their loneliness, conversations and neuroses.This is a story about finding comfort in strangers, fleeting connections and moments that are never meant to last.
ASIAN THREE-FOLD MIRROR JOURNEY⠀
Director: Daishi Matsunaga, Degena Yun, Edwin⠀
Japan, China, Indonesia | 83 Min | Omnibus/Feature
The omnibus is directed by three notable Asian filmmakers under the common theme of "journey," signifying travel beyond time and space. Crew and cast joined forces across national borders to depict the lives of characters who journey in China, Myanmar and Japan.
Director: Yusron Fuadi⠀
Indonesia | 117 Min | Feature
A mile-long, 170.000-year-old humanoid skeleton is found following the 2006 earthquake in Yogyakarta. Experts are torn between researching the discovery or hiding it from the public for humanitarian reasons. A young woman is caught up in the mystery behind the finding and shares it to the world.
BALLAD OF BLOOD AND TWO WHITE BUCKETS
Director: Yosep Anggi Noen⠀
Indonesia | 15 Min | Short
Ning and Mur, a couple who sells congealed blood for a living, face a huge ordeal when people stop consuming blood due to a shift in religious beliefs. But they are sick of all hypocrites. ⠀
NYAI (A WOMAN FROM JAVA)
Director: Garin Nugroho⠀
Indonesia | 90 Min | Feature
Indonesia, 1927, toward the end of the Dutch colonial era. A young and beautiful woman lives with her old and ailing Dutch husband. She lost her own name and now goes by Nyai, which means “concubine of a foreigner.” She realizes she lives in a sort of prison: She has to look after all the visitors who have come to celebrate her husband’s birthday and discuss how to manage his lands. Nyai is strong, proud, and capable of handling her consort’s estate, but both the locals and his family want to seize her husband’s wealth and privileges.⠀