Grit

Cynthia Wade / Sasha Friedlander

Indonesia, United Kingdom 2018, 81 min.

Documentary

Spoken language: Indonesian

Subtitles: English

Dutch premiere

Fifteen Indonesian villages are buried under a thick layer of grit, creating an ominous moon landscape. The villages were devastated by a huge mudslide as a result of gas drilling operations. After narrowly escaping the churning mudflow as a child, Dian Maharani now claims justice. Together with her mother, she stands up against exploration company Lapindo, that declines all responsibility.

Synopsis

As a six-year-old, Indonesian Dian escaped a huge mudslide resulting from gas drilling operations performed by exploration company Lapindo. 60,000 people lost their home and property, while schools, mosques and companies disappeared under a thick layer of grit. Ten years later, many of them are still displaced. People have lost their belongings and their jobs, and children can no longer go to school. Some, including Dian’s mother, earn a bit of money by showing tourists around the desolate landscape of dried mud. Neither the government nor the drilling company looks after the victims. Dian, who slowly but surely turns into a politically active teenager, therefore seeks to obtain justice and compensation for the victims with the support of her mother.

Grit has been selected for the Activist competition and will be screened at Movies that Matter Festival 2019 (22-30 March, The Hague).

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Talkshows & debates

Grit: Q&A with activist Dian Maharani and directors Sasha Friedlander & Cynthia Wade

Saturday, March 23, 2019 - 14:30

Editor Katinka Baehr speaks with activist Dian Maharani and directors Sasha Friedlander & Cynthia Wade about the responsibility of large corporations in drilling disasters.

Grit: Introduction prior to the screening by researcher Ratna Saptari

Sunday, March 24, 2019 - 18:45

Introduction prior to the screening by researcher Ratna Saptari (Leiden University).

Grit: Q&A with activist Dian Maharani and directors Sasha Friedlander & Cynthia Wade

Sunday, March 24, 2019 - 18:45

We talk with activist Dian Maharani and directors Sasha Friedlander & Cynthia Wade about the Lapindo disaster and the power of protesting.

Grit: Q&A with activist Dian Maharani and directors Sasha Friedlander & Cynthia Wade

Monday, March 25, 2019 - 21:00

Journalist Harm Ede Botje speaks with activist Dian Maharani and directors Sasha Friedlander & Cynthia Wade about the responsibility of large corporations in drilling disasters.

OneWorld presents: Grit Q&A with activist Dian Maharani and directors Sasha Friedlander & Cynthia Wa

Wednesday, March 27, 2019 - 19:45

Editor in chief of OneWorld Seada Nourhussen talks with activist Dian Maharani and directors Sasha Friedlander & Cynthia Wade about the responsibility of large corporations in drilling disasters.