So after I proudly finished my first ever film, I figured that this would be the perfect time to write about the production of this film, as a reflection for me and as a story for you dear readers. I’ll write these production notes in a sequence of articles, so bare with me as I start the first installment: the theme of the film.
One thing that I’ve learned from all the great movies that I’ve watched and all the artwork that I’ve encountered, is how much they are all influenced by social issue. As for me, I consider myself as a nationalist and I’ve always want to create an artwork that is socially conscious on one hand as well as political on the other hand. Well I never had that chance when I was in a band, the only closest thing with that was me writing some absurd lyric back when I was in high school.
With all that in mind, I think this would be the perfect timing to unleash my social-political view. A first time experience is always the purest thing upon creation of things. It’s a time where there’s a unique mix of curiosity, eagerness and fear. This is also a time to practice what I’ve learned from all the movies I’ve seen, and putting everything on the table.
So again, I’ve decided that this movie will be filled with my view of the current social-political condition of Indonesia. Specifically, I will highlight the conflict between people, the power of electronic media to the rise and fall of Indonesia. I have to address these several issue, because I’ve been so much bothered by these. When I formulated this theme, basically the headline of the Indonesia’s news is conflicts between these groups of people with no action whatsoever from the government. I was (and still) do think that the country has been diverted from the truth by the media, and as a citizen, we are forced to follow these view produced by the higher power (which is not God). Media never provided or suggested a solution to these conflicts, they just amplified it for everyday consumption of people. As a result, seeds of conflict inside the society are planted slowly and it’s just a matter of time before a bigger and bigger conflicts are to explode.
This is what bother me and I will not stay still. I will tell this story.