JALANAN intimately portrays the young musicians’ lives and quirky sub-culture, while also painting a striking portrait of Indonesia’s frenzied capital city that is raw, humorous and brutally honest.
JALANAN charts the three characters’ personal journeys over a tumultuous 5-year period in their own lives and that of Indonesia - a fledgling, fragile democracy. The film accompanies the characters during moments of unexpected personal crisis, follows them back to their distant home villages in East Java, and traces their elusive, heartfelt quest for legitimacy, identity and love in their adopted city.
The film bends the normal rules of documentary storytelling by poetically juxtaposing the personal dramas of the three characters with the angry, edgy politics of the country today. The result is an engaging, colorful, thought-provoking journey through a layer of Indonesia rarely seen on the outside.
Above all, JALANAN is a touching, poetic urban drama - the story of marginalized young people struggling to lead meaningful lives in a huge city rapidly being overrun by the effects of globalization and corruption.
A powerful, real-life soundtrack of the musicians’ original compositions drives the film throughout.
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