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THE FILM HIGHLIGHTS 15 “THE JUNGLE SCHOOL”

FILM FESTIVAL DIRECTOR YASUHIRO HARIKI PRESENTS
THE FILM HIGHLIGHTS

If you missed this film during our festival, I highly recommend that you try and see it in a theater or film festival nearest you, or why not rent out the video if it’s available.

“The Jungle School” (2013/Indonesia)
Directed by Riri Riza

Children in the jungle who learn the joy of learning…

Does intelligence truly benefit humanity or does it only serve to destroy tradition? The film digs deep addressing this modern dilemma. Butet, who works for a NGO with jurisdiction over the jungle of the island of Sumatra, teaches village children in the upstream of the forest, how to read and write. One day, a boy from a village in the downstream of the forest saves her. She learns that adults in his village do not know how to read or write and because of this, receive ill treatment from outsiders. However, the adults are fearful of children learning how to read and write because they feel the children will leave the village once they are educated. Yet the sight of the village children who sincerely want to learn, gives Butet the courage to go forward towards the establishment of a jungle school…

The story is based on a true story. The will to change society and a gentle and kind look at humanity are presented in the motion picture in a style typical of a Riri Riza directed film.

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