Prison and Paradise
INDONESIA / 2010 / Indonesian / Color, B&W / Blu-ray (SD) / 93 min
Director, Script, Producer: Daniel Rudi Haryanto
Photography: Daniel Rudi Haryanto, IGK Ketut Trisna Pramana
Editing: Harry Setyawan
Source: Daniel Rudi Haryanto
The protagonist of the film is a former Washington Post reporter who covered the terrorist bombings in Bali in October 2002. The director follows the reporter, who went to the same Islamic school as one of the bombers, and collects his personal thoughts as he visits the families of the victims and the culprits, and also the jailed bombers themselves. From behind the prison bars—and in full view of the camera—the bombers speak at length and in volume to their interlocutors, who attempt to confront fundamentalism and find a reason why fellow Muslims would turn to terrorism.
[Director’s Statement] Prison and Paradise is a documentary film, visualizing a close relation among the families of terrorists and of the victims of terrorism. As the subjects, both the families of victims and terrorists in fact have the same background, as both are Muslim. Yet, they have different perspectives in defining terrorism and Jihad. Indonesia has been an important site for terrorism and terrorism debate. This film would like to portray this issue closely. I would like to show the problems relating to Jihadis and their families. I would like also to address the discourse on terrorism, Jihad, Islamic political movements, and the war-on-terror agenda, and how this discourse shapes the future of the children, both those of the perpetrators and those of the victims. By using the subjects’ perspective in this film, I am trying to build a new perspective that Jihad and terrorism are two different ways.
Daniel Rudi Haryanto
Haryanto was active in the student movement in 1998, during Suharto’s era. In 1999, he and some friends established Cinema Society, an organization that focused on Indonesian cinema research and studies. He also worked for some film festivals, such as the Jakarta International Film Festival (JIFFest), Independent Film Community (Konfiden), and Partnership with Indonesian Documentary (In-docs). He also supports several film communities in Indonesia. He continues to be concerned with documentary filmmaking, focusing on environmental issues and conflict resolutions.
Cinema Paradiso by Giuseppe Tornatore is associated for him with the memory of his late father, who operated a drive-in cinema at Java Island. His favorite movies are Dreams by Kurosawa Akira, Indonesia Calling by Joris Ivens, Nanook of The North by Robert J. Flaherty, Olympia by Leni Riefenstahl, and The Man with the Movie Camera by Dziga Vertov.