Slamet Rahardjo Djarot
In May 1993, Marsinah, a female labourer in East Java, disappears mysteriously after a workers’ demonstration for wage hike. Three days later. Her body is found in tragic circumstances, laid aside a small shack by a street. Her death leads to suspicion all around. Labourers, factory head and security officers in the area begin accusing each other. The killing – which has happened in a small town and where the murderer could easily have been traced – becomes a long and complex case, since everyone is interested in defending their own image and interests. The Marsinah killing was no ordinary case. It became a matter of politics, law and national defence. The case is not yet over, and no one knows how long it will be before the verdict is out.
Eros Djarot, Karsono Hadi, tri Rahardjo, Agung Bawantara, Slamet Rahardjo Djarot
Megarita, Dyah Arum, Intarti, Tosan W., Tio Djarot, Fred Wibowo
PT. Gedam Sinemuda Perkasa
35mm / colour / 110 mins.
Slamet Rahardjo Djarot was born in Serang (West Java) in 1949. He studied Art Directing at the Indonesian National Theatre Academy. In 1968 he formed, together with the well-known stage director Teguh Karya, the Teater Populer, one of the most prominent theatre groups in the country. Slamet Rahardjo has played leading roles in plays by Gogol, Lorca, Buchner, Brecht, Strindberg and Chekov both on stage and on television. He has also acted in Whispering Sands by Nan Triveni Achnas. The first film he directed was The Moon and the Sun in 1980 and since then has made 11 more films. He won the Best Director award for Paper Flowers (1974) and The Destiny (1986) at the Indonesian Film Festival in 1974. My Sky My Home (1990) won awards at Cairo, Berlin and Nantes.