JERMAL

By Ravi L. BHARWANI, Rayya MAKARIM

ELIXIR ENTERTAINMENT PTE LTD. - as SALES All rights, World

Drama - Completed 2009

A fishing platform in the South Pacific is the wonderous location for this brutal but heartwarming coming of age of a young boy caught in a terrible child labour exploitation trap, while also fighting to win back the love and respect of his father.

    • Year of production
    • 2009
    • Genres
    • Drama
    • Countries
    • INDONESIA
    • Languages
    • INDONESIAN
    • Duration
    • 90 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Ravi L. BHARWANI, Rayya MAKARIM
    • Synopsis
    • After his mothers death, 12-year-old Jaya (Iqbal S. Manurung) is sent to his father, Johar (Didi Petet), who works as a supervisor on a jermal (a fishing platform perched on log stilts in the middle of the sea). Johar is shocked, never knowing he has a son, and rejects the boy as his kin. Fully aware he cant bring Jaya back to land due to a dark past, Johar is forced to accept the boy as a worker on the site.
      Faced with constant rejection from his father and relentless bullying by the other boys who work on the jermal, Jaya decides to take fate into his own hands. He gives up hope on being accepted and learns the skills and attitude needed to survive on the jermal.
      Jaya increasingly becomes like the other boys: a tough, rough survivor; while Johar is forced to gradually face and accept his past. Eventually, both Johar and Jaya learn that they are bound by their past, united by the space in which they move, and connected by the inescapable truth.
Distribution Country
Release date
Distributor
Rights
Local title
Company Country Roles