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Eye Lashes (Bulu Mata) Preceded by the short film 12 Wives (12 Istri)



13 01 '18 - 17:45

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Eye Lashes 
Bulu Mata | Indonesia | 2015 | 71' | SUBS. FR-EN

Directed by Tonny Trimarsanto

Eye Lashes is the story about the life of transgenders living in Aceh, near the northern end of Sumatra. There are 10 indigenous ethnic groups in this region, the largest being the Acehnese people, accounting for approximately 80 to 90% of the region's population. Aceh is thought to have been the place where the spread of Islam in Indonesia began, and where the spread of Islam in South East Asia also originated. The transgenders have their own personal hopes and dreams for a fulfilled and satisfying life. However, people in Aceh often label LGBT as criminals, mentally ill and prostitutes.

12 Wives 
12 Istri |Indonesia | 2017 | 15' | SUBS. FR-EN

Directed by Tonny Trimarsanto

Umbu Laka is a family patriarch who lives with his 12 wives, 58 children and 220 grandchildren in the small village of Kodi, where he was democratically elected as the village chief for 40 years. As he is old now, he has to step down from governing the village, and he is in deep trouble economically, because has to divide his wealth among his wives and growing descendants. 

At this point of his life, we will get to know Ma’a, one of his daughter-in-laws who had a college education, and was brought to the village after meeting his son in Facebook and marrying him shortly after.