Grit

Cynthia Wade, Sasha Friedlander

Fifteen Indonesian villages are buried under a thick layer of grit, creating an ominous moon landscape. The villages were devastated by a huge mudslide as a result of gas drilling operations. After narrowly escaping the churning mudflow as a child, Dian Maharani now claims justice. Together with her mother, she stands up against exploration company Lapindo, that declines all responsibility.

As a six-year-old, Indonesian Dian escaped a huge mudslide resulting from gas drilling operations performed by exploration company Lapindo. 60,000 people lost their home and property, while schools, mosques and companies disappeared under a thick layer of grit. Ten years later, many of them are still displaced. People have lost their belongings and their jobs, and children can no longer go to school. Some, including Dian’s mother, earn a bit of money by showing tourists around the desolate landscape of dried mud. Neither the government nor the drilling company looks after the victims. Dian, who slowly but surely turns into a politically active teenager, therefore seeks to obtain justice and compensation for the victims with the support of her mother.

Grit has been selected for the Activist competition and will be screened at Movies that Matter Festival 2019 (22-30 March, The Hague).

Credits

Subtitles
EN
Director
Cynthia Wade, Sasha Friedlander
Country
Indonesia, United Kingdom
Type
Documentary
Duration
81 minutes
Themes
children and youth, ecology & environment, social and peace movements
Year
2018