Asian Cinema Fund 2018
- Script Development Fund
- Production Support Fund
- Post-Production Fund
- Asian Network of Documentary(AND) Fund
- ACF Showcase
- AND Programs
2010 Script Development Fund Projects
|Project||The Southern Route|
Romli, 36, is an Auto-Rickshaw driver in Jakarta. He works around a crowded textile market. He’s been doing this for 5 years, to support his wife, Azizah and 16-year-old daughter, Syarifah back in Madura. He’s a relatively honest man, aside from occasionally hiking fares to gullible passengers. He’s never stolen, robbed, or hurt anyone intentionally unless they hurt him first. He holds firmly to the Madurese tradition of honor, respect, and justice, which is why the events to unfold will change his life. One day, he receives a text message on a friend’s cell-phone from Azizah saying that Syarifah is pregnant, and the boy responsible won’t take responsibility. She asks that Romli come home and resolve this matter. Instantly, Romli decides that there is only one thing to do: get to Madura, force this boy to marry Syarifah or kill him for the sake of his daughter’s honor.
Despite Indonesia’s reputation for friendliness, there are dark sides to many of the cultures found here; where violence is a way of preserving honor, not just a means of survival. The Southern Route questions the violence that is often considered to be the proper solution in solving matters where honor, family, and tribe are disrespected. The Southern Route simply offers an observation of the issues and allows the audience to draw their own conclusions. We intend to juxtapose the beauty of Indonesia against the image of the Bajaj auto-rickshaw as a representation of the “loud” and brazen stubbornness in facing the imposing realities of existence in modern Indonesia.