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Jalanan (2013)

JALANAN ('Streetside') is the captivating story of Boni, Ho and Titi - three gifted, charismatic bus musicians in Jakarta - and through them a mostly unknown story of contemporary Indonesia... See full summary »

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JALANAN ('Streetside') is the captivating story of Boni, Ho and Titi - three gifted, charismatic bus musicians in Jakarta - and through them a mostly unknown story of contemporary Indonesia. JALANAN intimately portrays the young musicians' quirky sub-culture while also painting an alarming portrait of Indonesia's frenzied capital city that is raw, humorous and brutally honest. JALANAN accompanies the three characters as they perform songs of social angst, get caught in political unrest, face family crises and get locked up by police. It follows them to their distant home villages in Java and traces their elusive, heartfelt quest for identity and love in an adopted city rapidly being overrun by the effects of globalization. A powerful soundtrack of the musicians' original compositions drives the film. Written by Anonymous

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2013 (Indonesia) See more »

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"I love Indonesia. But does Indonesia loves me back?"
27 April 2014 | by nitorchSee all my reviews

Welcome to the streets of Jakarta! The city of big social differences between rich and poor. The city where good musicians don't get a chance to be noticed, if their social status is bad. However, they became a part of a city image, by singing on the streets and public buses.

Jakarta is known as a "big durrian" among many people. It's difficult to like the city, because of many problems. Constant traffic jams, big floods, pollution, heat and unemployment. I've been living here for couple of months, and I've been using public transport almost every day. Each day, there is a different performer playing different songs (or just telling their sad story). I have a feeling there are more of them every day. And with so many street performers, unfortunately, really good singers don't get noticed.

This is where our story begins. Three really good singers and songwriters from Jakarta streets are coping with the city mercy in order to get a living. They don't have a place to live, they don't get social help, their lives are full of problems... but they still have lots of energy and positive attitude. "I love Indonesia. But does Indonesia loves me back?" - thoughts of one of the musicians. Jakarta doesn't have a space for all of its people, but our three singers are shown as a big part of the city. The director also criticizes society for being unable to help their own people, but still indicates that there is a chance for everybody to change themselves, and make a better life (which we see in the second part of the movie).

As a conclusion, I hope that more people will see this film, and have better understanding of the issue. I am surprised that I am the one writing the first comment, but I am looking forward to read some opinions of the locals on this web page.


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