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Selected Project keyboard_arrow_right My Grandmother is a Bird
Andrea Suwito
Director
Finbar Somers
Producer
Alternative Title
Project Status
Production
Completion
Dec-21
Length
10-20
Participating Lab
Storytelling Lab
Logline
Almost 60 years after the Indonesian government forced Chinese-Indonesians to “Indonesianise” their Chinese names, 87-year-old Indriati is haunted by her past name in the form of a silver bird.
Production Company
UMBRA Motion Picture Company
My Grandmother is a Bird
Chinese-Indonesians have long faced suspicion, hostility and discrimination across Indonesia's history. In the 1960s, the Indonesian government imposed a law that forced ethnically Chinese people, even if they were born in Indonesia, to choose between Indonesian or Chinese citizenship. If they chose to be Indonesian, they were required to change their Chinese name into an Indonesian name.

Still a taboo subject in Indonesia, this magical-realist documentary follows 87-year-old Chen Fung Yin, who changed her name to Indriati 60 years ago, but is haunted by her past name in the form of a silver phoenix that follows her everywhere she goes.