The award-winning Indonesian animated short film Homebound will be available for a limited screening on Cinemata from December 15 to 21, 2022. The screening coincides with the commemoration of International Migrants Day on December 18, which recognises and honours the significant contributions of migrants worldwide and aims to raise awareness about the challenges they continue to face.
Directed by Ismail Fahmi Lubis, the documentary tells the story of Tari, a female migrant worker who decides to leave her homeland Indonesia to work in Taiwan. Told in a first-person narrative, the story explores the impact of Tari’s decision on her family, the guilt she felt for leaving her son behind, and the risks she has faced while working abroad.
With the film’s intimate portrayal of a migrant worker’s experience and its commentary on migrant workers’ issues in Asia, Homebound has won critical acclaim from various film festivals:
- Best Short Documentary Film, Bali International Film Festival 2022, Indonesia
- Best Short Documentary Film, The 8th Shahr International Film Festival, Iran
- Television Prize – World Premiere, Avanca film Festival 2022, Portugal
- Best of Human Rights Short Documentary, Freedom Film Festival, Malaysia
- Nominee – Best Short Documentary, Jakarta Independent Film Festival 2022
- Official Competition, Seoul Indie-AniFest, 2022
- Official Selection, Busan International Kids and Youth Film Festival, 2022
- Official Selection, Taiwan Film Festival in Australia, 2022
According to the filmmakers, the film is an urgent wake-up call for those who have contributed to a system that takes advantage of thousands of women each year. Through various means, the film aims to contribute to the protection of Indonesian migrant workers. Read this article to learn more about the impact campaign for the film, and check the Homebound website to learn how you can take action.
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