1. Alya Birzana Devi as Daughter
2. Alfajri Anugrah Islami as Father
@AMERICA: The Falling Leaves of Maple Trees: Indonesian Contemporary Puppet Theater’s American Journey
Papermoon Puppet Theatre is an Indonesian theatre group that has go international. The unique thing of this group is that it is played not by human, but by puppets. Besides, it is not just about conventional puppet show that is only enjoyed by children, but also enjoy by the elder ages. This group has experienced several times performing on other countries. One of the performance is in America which also collaborate with a university theatre group there. The title of the performance is “The Falling Leaves of Maple Trees”.
“The Falling Leaves of Maple Trees” is telling about the invasion of people with certain characteristic that is with red color on their feet. It actually represents Indonesia historical accident in 1965. This was performed without any dialogue.
The unique thing of this theatre is between the player and the puppets. Usually we found that human player has more expression than the puppets, therefore usually they cover their selves so that their existence do not distract audience focus on the puppet. Oppositely, the puppet players in Papermoon Puppet Theatre are trained to have less expression, but to flow it to the puppet character that they played. Besides, the puppet players also do not hide their selves. They use usual clothing (not black), however they still able to make the audience attention focus on the puppets even really ignore the existence of the player itself.
During the discussion session the founder explain that the important thing of Papermoon theatre is our ability to transfer our emotion into a dead thing, that is the puppet. The puppet cannot talk or changing emotion, so it is the job for the player to make it seems talk and have emotion, or in other word, they are alive. “It actually sounds like animism way of believe”, said the founder, because they make alive the dead thing.
Another interesting thing behind this puppet show is about the process in creating the character. The designer of the puppet explained that the puppet is not instantly created only in single process cycle, but it pass several times of production and evaluation until the designer get the perfect character. Besides, since the puppets itself cannot changing their emotion, so the puppet was made is expression less. This is because the emotion that later gonna appear from the puppet is “filled by the puppet player itself”
For me personally, as a design student, I learn something from this event, that is: I should ensure that in every single work that I am doing it, I should create a “connection” between me and my work, because as how the puppet player can transfer their emotion to the puppet, makes the audience even can feel that the puppet is alive. I make my personal conclusion that, any kind of work that has no soul, has no feeling (message) to be delivered, while human (the user of design work) is basically enjoying a design product because they receive the feeling of it, not just its physical condition.
Jihad Selfie is a documentary movie made by Noor Huda Ismail about terrorism, specified on the way how they recruit the members. It was begin with the directors journey over some country that then meet him with an Indonesian scholar in Turki named Akbar. At the time, Akbar is about to be recruited by one of the largest terrorist organization that is ISIS, invited by his friend through Facebook. From Akbar, then he started his observation. He started a close relationship with Akbar, sharing information about his interest in joining ISIS, etc.
Akbar was firstly attracted by some photographs of his friend, Wildan, while using military uniform and guns, doing selfie within his activity in ISIS. He thought that it was cool, then he started have chat with Wildan. In the conversation, Wildan was telling Akbar about “what are good values involving in the army”, for example, he told Akbar that he was granted that he will get heaven if he defends Islam by doing “jihad”. The worse thing is that, Akbar is not the only one that was attracted to join ISIS through the using of social media. There has been a lot of people before him.
The uniqueness of this documentary is on its source of point of view. Mostly documentary movie that I ever watched focus mostly on observing from the external view of the object, such as a terrorism expertise, journalist/military (that dealing with terrorism issue), or government. However, in this documentary, Noor Huda Ismail who is the director is focusing on the internal view of the object which is the terrorist itself. For example, he did a direct interaction with certain group of terrorist, the person who almost recruited, and so the person that has experienced live within terrorism.
Moreover, from this views, the watcher can understand deeper about terrorism itself, but in the other and I see some possibility of misunderstanding of this movie if the watcher does not know the whole part of the movie. Related to this, the director also said that the watcher should watch the movie full from the beginning until the end in order to avoid a misconception of the movie.
REVISED Storyline: ayshirevised2-docx
I complete the storyline by adding the shoots and angle which are not included in the previous storyline. Besides, I make some change on the story too that at the beginning, I plan to implement natural sign of “coming of the death” by using butterfly (that basically represents the coming of unknown guess that may be anything, which in this case is the angle of death). Since the sign is not really specific, I plan to change it. Once, I heard from my friend that in the day when her friend’s father was passing away, no long before the death, they heard a raven on the housetop voiced. Therefore I do research on the Google, then I found that a raven sound (on the housetop) is a natural sign that someone inside the house is going to face death. This thing then become my resource for my story.
In the story I do focus on conversation, since it is about how the daughter try effort to ensure her father to give blessing on her decision, but at the end, she has no chance to reach that.