Mbah Jhiwo / Alma anciana

Álvaro Gurrea

Un impulso colectivo Spain 91 min Catalan premiere


Yono, or Mbah Jhiwo (ancient soul), a Kawa Ijen sulfur miner, sees his routine radically altered the moment his wife goes away. Trapped into an eternal return, Yono will face similar events that mutate in appearance as his beliefs move from animism, to Islam and capitalism. An ethnofiction that explores otherness and questions the myth of progress in the neocolonial reality of the South Seas.

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Álvaro Gurrea

He has been living since 2014 between Spain and Indonesia, where he develops film projects with a rural community in East Java. He has a Master in Creative Documentary by the UPF and frequently collaborates with Swab Barcelona Art Fair in its video and photography programmes. In 2016 he presented the short film Crossboundaries at Arts Santa Mònica and in 2021 Mbah Jhiwo at the Berlinale Film Festival.

Filmography: Mbah Jhiwo / Alma anciana (2021, D'A 2022), Crossboundaries (short, 2016)

Álvaro Gurrea

Film information

Original Title: Mbah Jhiwo / Ancient Soul
Director: Álvaro Gurrea
Script: Álvaro Gurrea
Contact: Begin Again Films
With: Yono Aris Munandar, Siti Kholifa, Musaena’h, Nurussalam, Achmad Efendi, Roni Hifayat
Country: Spain
Year: 2021
Format: DCP
Length: 91 min
Language: Osing
Subtitles: Spanish
Edition: 2022


Mbah Jhiwo / Alma anciana