In Jakarta, Indonesia, there is a Disneyland-style museum park named Taman Mini. It attempts to present the diverse cultures of Indonesia in a condensed and manicured form - an idealized image of the 17,000 Islands of Indonesia.
Fascinated by this idealized and artificial representation, Indonesian director and Master of Film student Edwin and Norwegian director Thomas Østbye embarked on a task to lose control of their own film, and capture some real life within this controlled and artificial setting.
The website 17000IslandsInteractive.com opens in 2013. Here the two directors invite you to rip apart their original movie, take their place as directors and make your own film with their material.
Master of Film student Edwin is an Indonesian filmmaker. His latest film, 'Postcards From The Zoo' was nominated for Golden Bear at Berlinale 2012. His first feature 'Blind Pig Who Wants to Fly' received the FIPRESCI Prize at the International Film Festival Rotterdam 2009, and his short film 'Kara, Anak Sebatang Pohon' was the first Indonesian film to be shown in the Director’s Fortnight in Cannes 2005.
More information about the project:
Article in Filmmaker Magazine
17,000 Islands Facebook page
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