In the oldest legends and traditions - also in those of Islam in Indonesia - the role of the woman is usually a subordinate one, but Ismail Basbeth reverses traditional roles in his film.
Here, the mythical hero is a young woman, Asa, daughter of a seer, who has withdrawn with a girlfriend into a wood, where they live from hunting and fishing. The story seems to take place in a remote prehistoric past, but when Asa leaves the woods following the death of her girlfriend - and because her mother is calling her - she is suddenly at a modern petrol station.
Indonesian Film Festival Presents
Another Trip to the Moon
Asa and a girlfriend live in the lush forest with all its idyllic primitive lifestyle until a bolt of lightning strikes Asa’s girlfriend.
Asa’s mother mutters incantations to bring her daughter home and binds her to a shape-shifter by marriage in the village. Inspired by Indonesian myths, this fable depicts how Asa innately struggles to free herself from the shackles of a traditional mother and the conventions of society.
Meet the Director and Leading Actress in a Q&A session after the film.