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Indonesia has the fourth most populous country and the largest Muslim population in the world. Grandmother Rumidjah, a confessed Christian, has left the bustle of Jakarta to live with her friend Tumisa in the countryside. Her son Bakti, who has converted to Islam, takes care of her grandchild Tari. Bringing up Tari is hard for him, so Bakti brings his mother back to town. The Sjamsuddin family is in many ways a microcosm of the most important issues of life in Indonesia: corruption, religious conflict, gambling addiction, a generational gap and the growing chasm between rich and poor.


  • ...their everyday lives are impressively recorded and recounted as he utilises cinema verite moments to bring moments charm and compassion into their family tale.
    Mark Adams, SCREEN DAILY

Festival Participation

  • Idfa, Netherlands - 2010
    Best Feature-Length Documentary Award
  • Sundance Film Festival, USA - 2011
    World Cinema Special Jury Award
  • Zagreb Dox, Croatia - 2011
    Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary
  • Visions du Réel International Film Festival, France - 2011
  • European Film Awards - 2011
  • IDA Documentary Awards - 2011
    Humanitas Documentary Award

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