16mm | 30 min | black & white | 2015

The masked arts of Indonesia are thousands of years old. They are commonly referred to as wayang topeng (wayang: shadow or puppet; topeng: mask). It is believed that wayang topeng originated from tribal death rites, where masked dancers were considered the interpreters of the gods.

In the lowest rungs of Javanese society a unique manifestation of these masked traditions can be found. Its practitioners are performers, but they are not merely entertainers. Their aim is not simply to amuse. Their ambition is to be respected, to be honored, to be successful. They have embarked on a path they know will lead to a higher state, to an honorable and noble position.

Milwaukee Underground Film Festival; Milwaukee, USA 2017
Close-Up Film Centre; London, UK 2017
The Last Machine, Filmmuseum Wien; Vienna, Austria 2016
Kurzfilmfestival Köln; Cologne, Germany 2016
Pravo Ljudski Film Festival; Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina 2016
Cine Esquema Novo; Porto Alegre, Brazil 2016
Rencontres Internationales du Documentaire de Montréal; Montreal, Canada 2016
Kunstverein München; Munich, Germany 2016
L'Age d'Or, Brussels, Belgium 2016 - Age d'Or Prize
WNDX; Winnipeg, Canada 2016
Early Monthly Segments; Toronto, Canada 2016
Edinburgh International Film Festival; Edinburgh, UK 2016
Internationales Kurzfilmfestival Hamburg; Hamburg, Germany 2016 - No Budget Competition Award
Chicago Underground Film Festival; Chicago, USA 2016 - Best Educational Film
EMAF Osnabrück; Osnabrück, Germany 2016
Festival du Cinéma de Brive; Brive, France 2016 - Special Jury Prize
Dokumentarfilmwoche Hamburg; Hamburg, Germany 2016
International Film Festival Rotterdam; Rotterdam, Netherlands 2016
Duisburger Filmwoche; Duisburg, Germany 2015
The Kids Are Alright, Beurschouwburg; Brussels, Belgium 2015
Arkipel Jakarta International Documentary & Experimental Film Festival; Jakarta, Indonesia 2015
Ape Culture, Haus der Kulturen der Welt; Berlin, Germany 2015

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