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A Painful Voyage to A Painful Past

A Painful Voyage to A Painful Past

by Patar Simatupang, Iwan Setiawan

Tired of searching for answers, three ex-political prisoners in their late 70s with lives of different paths take a humble decision, a voyage to their cruel pasts.

Tumiso’s taking care of the house of ex-political prisoners seems to end after one by one the seniors there die. This ex-prisoner wants to leave it all behind. Martin drafts a novel about a long, painful trip in his quiet life. At a humble launching of Martin’s memoir, Bedjo, 79, congratulates Martin for his writing consistency. Martin, 77, tells his short story about an old house with a dog. The story just received an award. Bedjo, who has collected data about concentration camps for years, told Tumiso and Martin about his latest discovery in Pati. After a lengthy discussion on a plan, the three prepare to take a long trip together. Tumiso leaves the house, where on the floors we see emptiness, unoccupied bedrooms, folded rotten wheelchairs and crutches, books, broken beds, a pile of rotten black umbrellas lying on the webbed, dusty, dark, and humid rooms. Martin takes his wife to his daughter for a while. Bedjo welcomes his son to take care of his wife while being away. Three breezy nights on a painful voyage, these three old men converse about facts covered by resentments and songs they labelled as communist’s.

Patar Simatupang
Patar Simatupang

Director, Producer

Iwan Setiawan
Iwan Setiawan

Editor

Project Status
  • Post Production
Participating Lab
  • Editing Lab
Completion:

Oct 2022

Length:

90 mins.

Production Company:

Patar Simatupang (Indonesia), Iwan Bax (Indonesia), Endro Aji Purnomo (Indonesia)