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Standing on the Edge of a Thorn (2012)

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An intimate portrait of a family in rural Indonesia grappling with poverty, mental illness, and participation in the sex trade.

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Imam Rohani ...
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"Standing on the Edge of a Thorn" is an intimate portrait of a family in rural Indonesia grappling with poverty, mental illness, and participation in the sex trade. Shot over the course of 12 years, the film centers on Iman Rohani, a former civil servant struggling with a mental disorder, who takes in Tri, an unwed pregnant teenager 30 years his junior. Iman refuses to marry Tri, which would have made her an accepted member of the village. Instead, the couple are scorned by the other villagers and become isolated. Over time, trapped by traditional values that stigmatize their relationship, Iman and Tri sink even deeper into destitution and make a series of choices that lead Tri into a life a prostitution and violence. The narrator of the film is Iman and Tri's daughter, Lisa, who has witnessed most of these events. Starting when Lisa was a young child, the film documents her unfolding sense of self and identity against the backdrop of a destitute and unstable family. As the film ... Written by Elemental Productions

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Himself - Lisa's Father: Don't judge a prostitute... because a housewife isn't always better than a prostitute.
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