In “The Blind Pig Who Wants to Fly” you will find stories about disoriented identity, not knowing who you are, anxiety, uncertainty, the experience of being lost, told with a sense of humor. A father who is desperate to win a green card lottery, so the family can move to America. An ex-national badminton champion, whose husband leaves her for a Javanese wife. A Menado boy who constantly gets beaten up because everybody thinks that he is Chinese. A young girl who believes that Chinese firecrackers expel ghosts. Set within the contemporary social and racial tension of urban Indonesia, the story follows eight characters in their absurd journey to fit in within society in the hope to live better lives. Like a mosaic, this film is built from shattered pieces of colored glass. Delicate, fragile, beautiful. —IMDb
Edwin (b. 1978, Surabaya) is a successful director of short films and one of Indonesia’s most promising filmmakers. He graduated in graphic design, then went on to film school in Jakarta. His film Kara, Daughter of a Tree (Kara, anak sebatang pohon, 2005) was the first Indonesian short to be screened at Cannes. He was inspired by the aesthetics of silent film in Dajang Soembi: The Woman Who Is Married to a Dog (Dajang Soembi: Perempoean jang dikawini andjing, 2004), and the raw digital work Trip to the Wound (2007) competed at the renowned short film festival in Clermont-Ferrand. Edwin also took part in the story showcase 98-08 (2008), a work which takes stock of reform efforts in Indonesia after the fall of Suharto. Blind Pig Who Wants to Fly, the director’s feature debut, won the FIPRESCI Prize at the festival in Rotterdam. —KVIFF
Art house cinema that elevates sensitivity, family disharmony traumatic, acute racism, minorities hostage, put the '98 tragedy that so threatens the development of oneself, which can not be denied is a very scary reality. Interestingly this is the Indonesian cinema I most warmly welcome.