Grit

NEW DOCS

In East Java, Indonesia, an apocalypse of mud destroyed a community in 2006. The residents who lost their homes and livelihoods continue to seek justice from the company that was drilling for natural gas when a well erupted with mud from deep underground. The company dodges responsibility: People who fled when the mud tsunami first overtook their houses remain without proper compensation, because in their haste, they left behind their proof of homeownership. Despite the unrelenting flow of mud up to the present, activists and artists somehow sustained their protests for years. The film hauntingly documents, for example, how rising mud levels intrude on an auto-destructive environmental art project. Scenes of the company’s CEO are juxtaposed and contrasted with scenes of a mother and daughter, Harwati and Dian, doggedly fighting for their rights. Their persistence expands this story of heroic grassroots organizing to a universal chronicle of intractable obstacles and the community-building that could overcome them.  NK

Thursday, April 4 — 10:00 am Cinema 1

Directors

Cynthia Wade, Sasha Friedlander

Producers

Tracie Holder, Matthew Syrett, Sasha Friedlander, Cynthia Wade

Editor

Sasha Friedlander

Cinematographers

Boaz Freund, Axel Baumann, Bao Nguyen, Peter Mychalchewyz

Release Year

2018

Festival Year

2019

Country

Indonesia

Run Time

80 minutes

Subtitled

Yes