Blind Pig Who Wants to Fly

  • 77'
  • Indonesia
  • 2008
Blind Pig Who Wants to Fly is a film that is both serious and playful. The film tackles a sensitive racial political issue, namely the denial of the cultural identity of the Chinese minority in Indonesia, but is also filled with humorous and bizarre jokes and situations.
The film is made up of several sketches that can differ in their tone and approach, yet keep returning to the central issue of the glossed-over Chinese identity. The insecurity, fear and uprooting this causes among Chinese Indonesians is the real subject of the film. The subject is obviously close to the maker's heart.
It's a film that does not reveal itself directly when being watched. The striking, fragmentary structure is far from mathematical, because the maker only follows his intuition. There are several storylines, but that of the firework girl Linda is one of the most important. People from her surroundings, and also from her past, each get their own minor narratives, including the pig from the title.
The film is often funny, but not light. A well-known song by Stevie Wonder is for instance repeated so often that it becomes confusing and worrying. The maker obviously doesn't want to make a comfortable film, nor only to paint surrealistic scenes. That's why the film also includes real images of real anti-Chinese riots and plundering. (GjZ)



Director
Edwin
Premiere
European premiere
Country of production
Indonesia
Production Year
2008
Festival Edition
IFFR 2009
Length
77'
Medium
35mm
Original title
Babi buta yang ingin terbang
Language
Indonesian
Producer
Meiske Taurisia
Production Company
babibutafilm
Sales
babibutafilm
Screenplay
Edwin
Cinematography
Sidi Saleh
Editor
Herman Kumala Panca
Production Design
Iqbal Raya, Eros Eflin
Sound Design
Wahyu Tri Purnomo
Music
Windra Benyamin
Cast
Ladya Cheryl
Local Distributor
Hubert Bals Fund