17000 Islands

17000 Islands

17000 Islands

Interactive Web Documentary
Indonesia & Norway, 2014

Former President Soeharto had an absolute vision to unite Indonesia which consists of hundreds of ethnic groups, culture, and languages to strengthen unity and Indonesian identity. Therefore, in 1975 the government established Taman Mini Indonesia Indah. It’s an amusement park, demonstrating Indonesia’s cultural and traditional legacy in one large miniature. It was considered as presenting uniformity rather than cultural diversity.

17000 Islands is a platform made exactly to oppose the nationalistic propaganda. With the platform, audiences are encouraged to assembly their own film while rethinking of the ideal unity. Web visitors can also choose clips, use online video editor an online video editor, to cut, construct and make their own interactive documentary. This featured enable audiences to produce their own vision of Indonesia.

Edwin and Thomas intentionally decide not to produce structured images and instead create an experimental film to deconstruct Soeharto’s vision. They invite audience to actively engage to translate and criticize the values of linear documentary. It was desinged as an eye opener for active interpretation from the audience. The amusement park is still there until today but its image fades away. Now people gather to deconstruct and recreate their own version of Indonesia’s unity.

Edwin

Following their second feature film achievement, Postcards From The Zoo which was featured in international film competition Berlin Film Festival, Edwin persued his study in cinematography and earned his magister at The Netherlands Film Academy, Amsterdam, the Netherland (2014). After returning from the Netherland, Edwin established Lab Laba Laba along with other directors and visual artists in Jakarta.