Top 5 Documentaries Jakartans Need to Watch
Planning to spend your holiday staying at home? With the traffic and heat, sitting at home watching blockbuster movies, or for some of you who prefer watching our dramatic politicians debate on television, spending all your holiday at home seems entertaining enough. However, watching those debates only give you one side of the story, making us forget about another opinion that usually gets swept under the rug, the people’s opinion.
Better than watching those debates that only provoke controversy out of controversies, here are top five documentaries Jakartans should watch to see the real problems we’re really facing.
• Jakarta Ketuk Pintu (Knock, Knock Jakarta)
Released by Yayasan Layang Media, “Jakarta Ketuk Pintu” talks about current infrastructure developments in Jakarta, specifically the Antasari non-toll road development. The movie reconfirms the fact that Jakartans are usually left oblivious to government development projects that are happening in our neighborhood and our environment. Government projects are for the people, and yet “Jakarta Ketuk Pintu” shows us how the government conceal important aspects of its projects to Jakartans.
• Diana Anak Jalanan (Diana the Street Kid)
We see street children every day on the way to school or work. Yet we seldom know about their lives, the difficulties they encounter daily, the hardship of seeking money out of people’s pity, and the lack of care they receive at home. “Diana Anak Jalanan” invites us to the life of Diana, a cheerful, talkative 10-year-old girl who is a street beggar “working” on the streets of Jakarta. Living with her mother, who shows care only if she brings much money and her so-called “dads,” Diana stays grateful for that she can still go to school even if she has to take a train one hour before to not be late.
• The Toughest Place to be a Bin Man
The Brit didn’t see it coming. Wilbur, a bin collector from London, was brought to Jakarta by BBC to try the life of waste pickers in Jakarta. Trading his air-conditioned trash-collecting car with Indonesian trash carts, Wilbur accompanies Imam Syaffii, a scavenger who works in Jakarta’s slums.
Jakartans, be prepared. Watching this movie will let you in to a world of those trash collectors we usually take for granted, showing us the many rounds of pulling those heavy carts across hundreds of residential houses for as little as Rp 200,000 a week. The even more saddening was the sight of bulking wastes in Bantar Gebang, the place where 6000 tons of rubbish end up every day. Hopefully, by watching this documentary, Jakartans would give a whole new appreciation to trash collectors.
[Read more: Waste Pickers Have Feelings Too]
• Linimassa: Media Sosial di Indonesia (Timeline: Social Media in Indonesia)
Not everyday do you see a “becak” driver that has a Facebook account, follows Obama on Twitter, and regularly chats on Yahoo!. Henry, a pedicab driver from Yogyakarta, who after he became a Facebook user and eventually an Internet sensation, gained many international clients who not only ask for his service as a “becak” driver but also as a tour guide. Henry is only one among the many Indonesians who uses Internet as a way to promote their services.
Linimassa, a direct translation of Timeline, is a documentary about social media use in Indonesia. Did you know that Indonesians are the most active Twitter user in the world and the second biggest user base in Facebook? ICT Watch, an Indonesian non-profit organization aiming to promote healthy-use of Internet, created this documentary as an effort to make known how Internet can be used to promote Indonesian culture and giving everyone in Indonesian a chance to express their opinions.
It is no longer a secret that Indonesia is one of the most populous countries in the world. Jakarta alone has approx. 9 million residents, with speculations of the number to double in 2045, a growth that could affect dearly to the nation.
Produced by Al-Jazeera, “Indonesia: Bursting at the Seams” talks about the potential overpopulation Indonesia will face if we do nothing to slow down the growth. With our overwhelming problems of waste management, pollution, floods, and traffic jams, Indonesia couldn’t handle another major problem such as overpopulation that in return would only produce more problems than before. Jakarta, the largest city and the most crowded city in Indonesia, would only get worse if Indonesia gets overpopulated. Could you imagine more traffic? More waste? More people?