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Mbah Jhiwo / Ancient Soul
WIP Europa
Rocío Mesa, Alvaro Gerrea
Foto: Gari Garaialde
Rocío Mesa, Alvaro Gerrea
Foto: Gari Garaialde
'MBAH JHIWO' (Wip Europa)
Foto: Gari Garaialde

Yono, or Mbah Jhiwo (Ancient Soul), is one of the miners who carry large sulphur rocks up the side of the Kawa Ijen crater every day. One morning, his wife unexpectedly leaves the family home, changing a routine where time had seemed to stop. Since then, trapped like Sisyphus in an eternal task and guided by his faith in getting her back, Yono will confront similar events which will transform their aspect as his beliefs change from animism, to Islam and to capitalism. An ethno-fictional film which explores otherness and questions the myth of progress in the neo-colonial reality of the islands of the South Seas.

BIOGRAPHY

Alvaro Gurrea (Barcelona, 1988) explores the construction of subjectivity and the conception of otherness with his work. He has directed the documentary short film Crossboundaries, pshown at the Centre d'Arts Santa Mònica, and has been collaborating since 2015 as a curator in the Swab Barcelona contemporary art fair. Holding a Degree in Economy from Barcelona University, in 2019 he completed his Master in Creative Documentary at the Pompeu Fabra University. Since 2016 he has lived partially in Indonesia, where he developed Mbah Jhiwo, his first feature film, together with a rural community from east Java.

CAST & CREW
Director
Alvaro Gurrea
Screenplay
Alvaro Gurrea
Production
My Deer Films
Rocío Mesa
Photography
Alvaro Gurrea
Edition
Manuel Muñoz Rivas
Music
Senyawa Shabara
Cast
Yono Aris Munandar
Format
DCP FOLLOWING DCI
Running Time
108 m.
Country
Spain
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