Sen na Jawie / Dreams of Java
Production: POL 2014
Riko is 28. He lives with his parents and brother in a small house on the outskirts of Yogyakarta in Indonesia. He works in one of Java's many glove factories. Occasionally he leaves his home village to become a shaman and conduct the Jathilan ceremony; it lasts for many hours during which the dancers' bodies are being possessed by spirits. Riko, a modest young man who leads a double life, introduces us to a world where mythology is interwoven with daily reality.
Dorota and Monika Proba were born in Montreal, Canada. They moved to Poland in 1997. Dorota graduated from stage design at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw. Monika studied culture at the University of Warsaw and the Sorbonne. In 2011, as part of their scholarship, the sisters moved to Indonesia, where they studied dance and traditional Indonesian art. In the city of Yogyakarta they began work on their first documentary film, Dreams of Java.