Daun Diatas Bantal (Leaf On A Pillow)

"Daun Di Atas Bantal" depicts three street children living in the Javanese ancient capital of Yogyakarta, and a street stall operator who looks after them with gentle love. The children, living on the street far away from home, sought motherly love from this woman, and survived every day, dreaming of a bright future, only to follow a tragic fate. In the title, the world "Pillow" represents mother, and "Leaf" means small life, i.e. children.

The film is edited in a documentary style, featuring actual street children. Before shooting began, I frequented slums to feel what it is like to live on the street. By the time the film was completed I felt like I was their real mother.

Social and economic crisis of Indonesia has created a swarm of street children, abandoned by their parents and being unable to attend school. Imposed with serious sacrifice amidst war and poverty, such children survive by the day with a burning yarning for a motherly figure who could heal their emotional scars.

The Suharto regime imposed strict censorship on movies. Even the system of film distribution was controlled by his close relations. This film was completed in May 1998 in the midst of the Indonesian crisis that shook the world. The premier screening of this film at the Cannes Film Festival, immediately after President Suharto was forced into resignation, attracted strong responses.

-"Daun Di Atas Bantal" won numerous domestic and international film awards, including the Asia Pacific International Film Festival. Its powerful social messages moved and shocked broad audience, even triggering a social movement.

(full movie from youtube)

Directed by Garin Nugroho
Written by Garin Nugroho, Armantono
Sarah Azhari
Deni Christanta
Christine Hakim
Kabri Wali
Music by Djaduk Ferianto
Editing by Sentot Sahid

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Anonymous said...

Lagi mencari VCD/DVD film ini. DiscTarra dan Duta Suara sudah tidak stock.
Cukup menyedihkan mengetahui bahwa film-film kuno barat masih ada, tapi yang asli Indonesia (dan dapat penghargaan pula), malah tidak ada.
Apakah komersialitas sudah mengalahkan kualitas?
Saya malu pada Obama ...