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Jalanan

  • Directed by Daniel Ziv
  • Indonesia, 2013, 108 mins., Indonesian

Part music documentary and part examination of the frenetically paced megacity of Jakarta (10 million people), Jalanan(“Streetside”) tells the captivating story of Boni, Ho, and Titi, three gifted, charismatic street musicians, over a tumultuous five-year period. The film deftly uses their experiences as a lens on Indonesia’s teeming capital, conjuring up a striking, moody, and intimate portrait of a place caught in the grip of globalization. Using the powerful soundtrack of the musicians’ original compositions to drive the film, Ziv traces their elusive quest for identity and love in the day-to-day of a city overrun by the effects of economic expansion and corruption. “One of the finest portrayals of Indonesian life to emerge for outside audiences in years.”—The Culture Trip. In English.

Genres: Documentary