We’re so excited to finally be allowed to share what we’ve had to keep secret for nearly a month now: JALANAN will have its World Premiere in competition at the Busan International Film Festival, Asia’s largest and premier film event, October 3-12, 2013. We’re thrilled to be among just 11 documentaries selected to compete in the Wide Angle section, and the only documentary from Indonesia.
I‘m so proud of our awesome team: JALANAN’s three main characters – Ho, Boni & Titi – for sharing their life stories so patiently, openly and intimately with me for 6 years; our multi-talented and tireless film editor/co-producer, Ernest Hariyanto; our sound recordist (and former street musician) Meitha Eriska; our sound designer/mixer Levi Santoso, our music scorer Dadang Pranoto; and the many other wonderful people who’ve contributed so much skill and patience to this unlikely project.
If documentary filmmaking is described as a marathon sport, JALANAN has been a kind of insane ultra-marathon. But we’re crossing the finish line in style now at one of the world’s top festivals, and I’ve never been more excited or grateful.