Title : Denok & Gareng
Country of Production: Indonesia
89 Min, Documentary, HD, Dolby SR
Color, Anamorphic (16:9)
© 2012 Jawa Dwipa Films / credo:film GmbH
funded by :
Goethe Institut Indonesien, The Ford Foundation,
The Jakarta Arts Council, Tembi Rumah Budaya
Director and Writer :Dwi Sujanti Nugraheni
Cinematography :Kurnia Yudha Fitranto
Sound: Kusuma Abdi Surbakti
Editor : Gregorius Arya Dhipayana
Producer : Dwi Sujanti Nugraheni
Coproducer : Susann Schimk JörgTrentmann
Salaya Doc 2013 (Best Film)
23rd African, Asian and Latin American Film Festival (Window of The World Competition)
DOK.Fest Munich 2013 (In Competition)
Ecologico IFF 2013 (In Competition)
Arkipel 2013 (Official Selection)
Nuremberg IHRFF 2013 (Official Selection)
Yamagata IDFF 2013 (New Asian Currents Competition)
Filmfest Eberswalde 2013 (In Competition)
Verzio Documentary Film Festival 2013 (Official Selection)
Luang Prabang Film Festival 2013 (Official Selection)
Asia Pasific Screen Award (In Competition)
After their homeless teenage years in the streets of Jogjakarta, Denok and Gareng got married and want to start a settled life. They move back in with Gareng’s mum and start a small pig business. While facing new struggles every day, they don't stop working, hoping and laughing.
In the constant stream of hoping, failing and making new plans, Denok and Gareng stay united in their passionate struggle to make it up the hill one day. In the modest house of Gareng’s mum, the young Muslim couple starts a small pig business, looking for the lucky streak to come over the family. But new challenges constantly arise, putting their cheerfulness and patience on trial.
In an entirely observational approach “DENOK & GARENG” explores a strong loving relationship inside a strikingly vivid family that sticks together, fights back and laughs, about what others would call a Sisyphus fate.
Personally, I have learned a lot from Denok and Gareng’s life, from the spirit to love, how they accept and face problems that continue to come their way, as well as their courage in laughing about themselves and their lives. Not many people have that courage. Daring to laugh at yourself means to look at one’s own life from greater dis-tance.
That’s why I admire Denok and Gareng. I believe their daily life-struggle should be seen. Their courage should be shared trough a film that portrays them carefully and sincerely. I want to place Denok and Gareng into the center of our perception, because their existence is hardly looked at, when we pass by.
Dwi Sujanti Nugraheni was born and raised in Yogyakarta, Indonesia.
She studied Political Science at Gadjah Mada University and worked for several NGOs both local and international before she turned to film-making. Since 2003, she organizes the Jogjakarta Documentary Film Festival and facilitates video workshops for adolescents and the local deaf community. She worked as an intern at Appalshop, Kentucky in 2007 and Women Make Movies, New York City in 2009.
In 2008, she participated in the Cinema Capacity Building Program "Indonesia - Ten Years After Reformasi" proposed by the Goethe Institut Indonesien and The Jakarta Arts Council. She developed her first feature-length documentary DENOK & GARENG in this program. In 2012, she participated in the IDFA Summer School. Her new documentary project OUR DAILY BREAD is in pre-production.
2012 - DENOK & GARENG, 89 mins
2007 - JANJI JABRIK - JABRIK'S PROMISE, 20 min
(The Body Shop – Think-Act-Change Documentary Film Competition: Best Film)
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