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.
Presented by the director
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)