2013 | 108 | Indonesia
US Premiere | Director in Attendance
Part music documentary and part examination of the frenetically paced megacity of Jakarta, Jalanan tells the captivating story of Boni, Ho, and Titi, three gifted, charismatic street musicians over a tumultuous five year period in their lives. The film deftly uses their experiences as a lens on Indonesia’s teeming capital, conjuring up a striking, moody, and intimate portrait of a place caught in the grip of globalization. Using the powerful soundtrack of the musicians' original compositions to drive the film, director Daniel Ziv traces their elusive quest for identity and love in the day-to-day of a city overrun by the effects of economic expansion and corruption.
Plays with Flor de Toloache
Co-presented by the Asia Society
Past Forward, My Perspective
"Jalanan’s three Jakarta street musician protagonists – Boni, Ho & Titi - are ostensibly just hacking out a living playing songs for passengers on commuter buses. But their quest is in fact deeper and more complex: they crave love and identity in an Indonesia caught squarely between a conservative, traditional past, and a globalization so rapid it has brought the future straight to their doorstep. The three buskers are also falling between the cracks in their country’s dramatic transition from a dictatorial past to a very fragile and still deeply corrupt democratic present. Mirroring those wider tensions are their unique compositions – songs of political irony, social anger and elusive love. Boni, Ho & Titi have each broken with their past and family roots to forge what they think could be a truer version of themselves and a better future. Jalanan - through music, humor and heartache - tries to examine whether those risks pay off."
- Daniel Ziv | Director, Jalanan