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BIRD MAN TALE

Bird Man Tale tells the story of the coming of age of a teenage Papuan boy and his friends in the midst of political and religious unrest.

india Updated: Jul 19, 2003 13:15 IST
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BIRD MAN TALE
Original Title:
Aku Ingin Menciummu Sekali Saja
Indonesia, 2002
Director: Garin Nugroho

Set in Papua New Guinea in 2001 around the time of the death of Theys Hiyo Eluay, Chairman of the Papuan Council Presidium, Bird Man Tale tells the story of the coming of age of a teenage Papuan boy and his friends in the midst of political and religious unrest.

Arnold, 15, obsesses over his desire to kiss a young woman he meets at the port. Meanwhile, his father, Bertold, a cassowary dance instructor and activist demanding justice, is being hunted by a group of anonymous thugs for his political activities demanding justice for the detained Eluay.

Garin Nugroho reconstructed this film from actual documentary footage he shot while covering Eluay and his activities a year before the politician's death. Bird Man Tale is Indonesia's first feature film to clearly show the desire of the Papuans desire for independence. It is also one of the only pro-resistance films to be filmed in Papua using Papuans as the main cast.

Screenplay:
Garin Nugroho, Nana Mulyana

Cinematography:

Shamir

Editing:

Arturo G P, Puri Chrysanti

Principal Cast:
Lulu Tobing, Octavianus R Muabuay, Sonya S Baransano

Production: SET Film Workshop and Prima Entertainment / 35mm/ colour /
90 mins

Director's bio-note:
Garin Nugroho was born in 1961. He studied filmmaking at the Jakarta Institute of the Arts (IKJ). Before making his first feature film Love on a Slice of Bread in 1991, which won him the Best Young Director award at the Asia Pacific Festival in 1993, he had directed two shorts and 15 documentaries, including documentaries on Theys Hiyo Eluay.

Apart from filmmaking, he has also worked as a journalist, a university professor and an active art critic. His 1999 film A Poet won the Best Actor award for Ibrahim Kadir at Cinefan in 2001.

First Published: Jul 17, 2003 03:18 IST