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SGP, Lasalle College, 'Merah Duka'

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Lasalle College of the Arts, The Puttnam School of Film
Cristy Rodrigues, prod.

Production Description

Lasalle College of the Arts, The Puttnam School of Film, is casting "Merah Duka," a student undergrad film.

Project description: "A girl on the brink of becoming a woman struggles with being sent away to a Muslim dormitory by her father." All cast should have a good command in Bahasa Indo or Malay.

Rehearsal and Production Dates & Locations

Shooting March 20-22 in Lasalle College of the Arts Studio at Room H301, and Mount Emily Park (Located near Lasalle).

Compensation & Union Contract Details

No pay, but copy, credit, and meals provided.


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12 year old Duka lives in a cramped and dark house, together with her conservative father who is a truck driver by day and gambler by night, and her mother who’s existence in the house serves more as a function to the household. Whenever she can, Duka would try to escape her house and visit a tree nearby, where she admires it’s unshakable presence and it’s flowing leaves, which she compares to her hair.

When one day Duka finds out that she has started her period, she realizes that her life will soon change. In a traditional Indonesian manner, the event is celebrated with a coming-of-age ceremony of red rice, together with her father, mother, neighbors, and extended family. For a brief moment, Duka is delighted with the attention, gifts, and unfamiliar affection she receives from the people attending. However, her father then announces, now that Duka have come of age, she will be sent to a Muslim dormitory to learn how to be a "proper woman." In shock, Duka tries to hold back tears and realizes that this idea is supported by all the guests.

Days before she is sent away, Duka struggles with the idea of being away from her home and her mother. Like her mother, she realizes she would have to wear a veil to cover her hair, which she sees as an act of oppression. She starts being more obedient with her father, deliberately showing him that she can cook, clean, and take care of her house. She tries to talk to him about her staying, however he sees this as a disobedient, and he becomes more adamant in sending her away. On the day of, Duka bids goodbye to her mother and visits the tree for the last time. Together with her father, she then goes on to the dormitory.