Mayday! May day! Mayday!

  • 66'
  • Indonesia
  • 2022

In early 2017, the mining corporation Freeport Indonesia laid off several thousand workers from its Grasberg copper mine in Mimika Regency, Indonesia. The miners demonstrated on May Day, inaugurating what would become one of the longest strikes of the 21st century, continuing for over five years now. Despite being nationalised in 2018, the company has refused to recognise the strike, denying workers access to public healthcare and thus causing the death of 97 people.

Yonri Revolt’s politically committed documentary Mayday! May day! Mayday! is a sincere record of the strike told from the point of view of its participants. Combining reportage, talking-head interviews and archival footage, the filmmaker crafts a lyrical portrait of lives in suspension. We see the workers – mostly ethnic Papuans – take up alternate employment to make ends meet, even as they keep up the strike in the face of corporate indifference and police clampdown.

But we also witness quieter moments between the demonstrations: workers brewing coffee, singing karaoke, going to church or just engaging in casual conversation. There is no voiceover giving us the larger picture, no on-screen texts; everything is seen at the workers' eye level. Mayday! May day! Mayday! is an unassuming work of Imperfect Cinema that bears witness to a movement whose existence has been long denied.

 

Srikanth Srinivasan

  • 66'
  • Indonesia
  • 2022
Director
Yonri Soesanto Revolt
Premiere
International premiere
Country of production
Indonesia
Year
2022
Festival Edition
IFFR 2023
Length
66'
Medium
DCP
Language
Indonesian
Producer
Rendy Rizal
Production Company
Yoikatra
Sales
Yoikatra
Screenplay
Yonri Soesanto Revolt, Rendy Rizal
Cinematography
Muhammad Yamin
Editor
Yonri Soesanto Revolt
Production Design
Rendy Rizal
Sound Design
Ochie Ondy Rev
Music
Torin Olsen, Yalin Chi

Tickets

Q&As are subject to change and may be cancelled at the last minute
  • In Person
    Sunday 29 January 2023
    Cinerama 7
    For professionals
  • In Person
    Monday 30 January 2023
    Cinerama 1
    With Q&A+EN subtitles
  • In Person
    Tuesday 31 January 2023
    Cinerama 6
    With Q&A+EN subtitles
  • In Person
    Friday 03 February 2023
    Cinerama 2
    EN subtitles
Director
Yonri Soesanto Revolt
Premiere
International premiere
Country of production
Indonesia
Year
2022
Festival Edition
IFFR 2023
Length
66'
Medium
DCP
Language
Indonesian
Producer
Rendy Rizal
Production Company
Yoikatra
Sales
Yoikatra
Screenplay
Yonri Soesanto Revolt, Rendy Rizal
Cinematography
Muhammad Yamin
Editor
Yonri Soesanto Revolt
Production Design
Rendy Rizal
Sound Design
Ochie Ondy Rev
Music
Torin Olsen, Yalin Chi