VIFF 2014: Jalanan reveals a lot about Jakarta

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      Jalanan (Indonesia/Canada)  

      This revealing documentary, by local filmmaker Daniel Ziv, shows Jakarta through the lives of three street buskers: the resourceful Boni, who lives with his wife in a tunnel under a bridge; the dreadlocked Ho, who romances women and dreams of becoming a husband; and the persevering Titi, a mother of three children (each living in a different place) who seeks to obtain her high-school diploma. Their headaches and heartbreaks, challenges and troubles, and daily existence of serenading transit-riders are stepping stones for touching upon broader issues, from child poverty to protesting corruption. Yet it’s not only their music but their honesty and striking insights that infuse the film with its memorable soulfulness.

      SFU, September 25 (3:30 p.m.) and 26 (8:30 p.m.), and October 12 (4 p.m.)  

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