IFF New York presents:


September 6-7, 2019 | SVA Theatre, NYC

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The biggest annual Indonesian film event in the East Coast is back for its fourth installment.

Aditya Ahmad brings two critically-acclaimed short films, Kado (A Gift) and Sepatu Baru (On Stopping the Rain). While the former elaborates on the subject of identities, the latter tells an expressive dialogue within spaces. How Far I’ll Go by Ucu Agustin is a documentary that portrays a strong bond between two friends that forges a memorable coming-of-age journey. Topped with spices of romance and comedy, travel in a culinary journey throughout Indonesia in Aruna & Her Palate. In The Seen and Unseen (Sekala Niskala), magical realism forms an artistic bridge that connects twin siblings who are on the brink of losing one another. Turah is a tale of survival in an isolated village where domination and fear reigns supreme. Will hope become the light that shines on freedom? Last but not least, follow the mission of former marines to defeat a ruthless political leader in a full-throttle action flick Foxtrot Six.

Free up your weekend and enjoy the works of Indonesia’s leading filmmakers!

Day 1
Fri, Sept 6 – 6.30 PM

Kado (A Gift)

A short film by Aditya Ahmad
Indonesian and Makassarese with English subtitle
15 minutes

Isfi, who can wear her comfortable pants among her guy friends but has to wear hijab to be accepted at Nita’s house. Two days to Nita’s birthday, all Isfi wants is to prepare the best gift in her special friend’s room.

Kado won Best Short Film, Orrizonti Section at Venice International Film Festival 2018 and New York Academy “Best Short” Award at Vladivostok “Pacific Meridien” International Film Festival 2018.

Kado Poster 2

Day 1
Fri, Sept 6 – 6.45 PM

Sepatu Baru (On Stopping the Rain)

A short film by Aditya Ahmad
Makassarese with English subtitle
14 minutes

A little girl living in a slum has got a beautiful pair of new shoes, but what to do with them, when it’s so awful outside? She sets off on a mission to deal with the weather for once for all.

Sepatu Baru won Best Narrative Short Film at XXI Short Film Festival 2014 and Special Mention Award at Generation Section, 64th Berlin International Film Festival 2014.


Day 1
Fri, Sept 6 – 7.00 PM

How Far I’ll Go (Sejauh Kumelangkah)

A short film by Ucu Agustin
Indonesian with English subtitle
34 minutes

Two visually impaired childhood friends, Andrea and Salsabila, are now teenage girls, living with their blindness in two different countries— USA and Indonesia. They share the same idea of the future: to gain independence so they can prepare for a better life

How Far I’ll Go (Sejauh Kumelangkah) is the winner of Tribeca Film Institute’s IF/Then Shorts program at Docs By The Sea. There will be Q&A with the cast of How Far I’ll Go after the screening.


Day 1
Fri, Sept 6 – 8.30 PM

Aruna & Her Palate

A film by Edwin
Indonesian with English subtitle
106 minutes, Drama/Romance/Culinary

An Epidemiologist Aruna (Dian Sastrowardoyo) is sent to investigate the Avian Flu cases in different cities in Indonesia. At the same time, her best friends Bono (Nicholas Saputra) and Nad (Hannah Al Rashid) join her and go on a culinary adventure. Unexpectedly, the business trip reunites Aruna with her secret crush, Farish (Oka Antara), and soon four of them involved in intimate conversations. While investigating and relishing various dishes from different regions of Indonesia, they discover big secret behind the Avian Flu.

“Aruna & Her Palate is one of my most “conversational” films – it contains more dialogues than anything I have ever made. I believe that eating and talking and talking while eating, is one of the most appealing human experiences and very cinematic to portray. Whether alone or with company, a person eating is always an intimate sight. We are always given a glimpse of their vulnerability, or even fragility, as a human being. Conversations at the table always affect the taste of the food we eat. And vice versa, what we are eating, and how it tastes, will make its way into our table talk.” –Edwin


Day 2
Sat, Sept 7 – 12.30 PM

The Seen and Unseen (Sekala Niskala)

A film by Kamila Andini
Indonesian and Balinese with English subtitle
86 minutes, Fiction

One day in a hospital room, Tantri (10 years old) realizes that she will not have a long time along with her twin brother, Tantra. Tantra’s brain weakens and he starts to lose his senses one by one. Tantra is now spending most of his time lying in the hospital room while Tantri has to accept the reality that she has to face life alone. This situation opens up something in Tantri’s mind.

Tantri keeps waking up in the middle of the night from a dream and seeing Tantra. The night becomes their playground. Under the full moon Tantri dances; she dances about her home, about her feelings. As the moon is dimmed and replaced by the sun, so does Tantra and Tantri. Together, Tantri experiences a magical journey and emotional relationship through body expressions; between reality and imagination, losing and hope.

“This film is about dimension of life; this is about dimension of art itself. What is realism? Reality in my culture is surreal. By following a daily life of a girl whose brother is dying, we are following the holistic dimension of her feeling, a surrealism that comes within.” –Kamila Andini

The Seen and Unseen (Sekala Niskala) premiered at Toronto International Film Festival 2017 and Busan International Film Festival 2017.


Day 2
Sat, Sept 7 – 2.30 PM


A film by Wicaksono Wisnu Legowo
Indonesian with English subtitle
79 minutes, Drama

The harsh competition of life has spared the defeated in Kampung Tirang. They are plagued by pessimism and overwhelmed with fear, especially towards Darso, the rich boss who has given them ‘life’. Pakel, the sycophantic scholar in Darso’s inner circle deviously makes the villagers mentally stunted. The situation makes it easier for him to reap more profits. Specks of optimism and hope to break free from the powerless life are present in Turah and Jadag. Incidents occur, encouraging Turah and Jadag to fight the acute fear and escape from the cunning narrative. This is every effort made by them, as the people of Kampung Tirang, to no longer be the human failure, the remnants.

“A life free from deprivation, with a harmonious family, as well as a happy love story, and in a conflict-free world is a wonderful life. It is not a dream to some people, yet it is what some others can only dream of. In this film, I don’t present a heart-wrenching story or characters that elicit sympathy. I bring the lives of a group of people who attempt to survive in their own ways for the wonderful life they have always longed for.” –Wicaksono Wisnu Legowo

Turah was the Indonesia Official Entry for 2018 Academy Awards in Foreign Language Film category.


Day 2
Sat, Sept 7 – 4.30 PM

Foxtrot Six

A film by Randy Korompis
English language
114 minutes, Drama/Sci-fi

In the time of our children, escalating climate change is turning the world economy upside down. With crops dying and food price spiking, FOOD has replaced oil as the world’s most valuable commodity. 

Among the very few lands still left fertile, Indonesia was quickly rising as one of the world-leading food-exporters and the next economic superpower, when its government was suddenly and ruthlessly overtaken by a popular rogue political party: PIRANAS. Under PIRANAS and their private Paramilitary’s totalitarian rule, the country fell into depression, along with the rest of the world. Its people starve and live under constant suffering; desperate for a new age of hope and heroes.

At heart, Foxtrot Six is about the journey of flawed characters from their hunger to fulfillment. A bitter-sweet story of brotherhood and redemption with spectacular action and eye-popping sci-fi elements. So, in the word of Oggi as his eyes are fixed on the long road ahead: Buckle up, ladies and gentlemen. This’ll be a bumpy ride.” –Randy Korompis