Continuous coal mining over a century has created a harsh reality for the people of Muara Enim, one of Indonesia's "black gold" fields rich in natural resources. In this film, the stories of ordinary people from Muara Enim are intertwined in a space filled with thick dust, noisy trucks hauling coal, vulnerable working conditions, and human tragedy.
The film, Daun Telah Jadi Abu (dalam Tiga Kisah) ("Triptych From the Burning Land), was produced by Atmakanta Studio for Project Multatuli and was released on December 18, 2021.
The film is based on Viriya Singgih's report for Project Multatuli on artisanal coal mining in Indonesia entitled "Life and Death in Muara Enim, Indonesia's 'Dirty Energy Barn.'"
Producer, Drafter and Director: Kirmizi
Audiovisual Editor: Annapurna K.
Author: Viriya Singgih
Cinematography and Photography: Rafael Miku Beding
Assistant Writer: Hafidz Trijatnika
Interviewers: Viriya Singgih, Rafael Miku Beding, and Hafidz Trijatnika
Translators: Viriya Singgih and Annapurna K.
Trailer and Caption Editor: Annapurna K.
Publication: Astaka and Alfa Gumilang
Synopsis: Kirmizi and Viriya Singgih
Transcript: Annapurna K.
*A previous version of this post referred to the English title of the film as "Leaves Turned to Ash (in Three Stories)." This has since been corrected.
This film was produced with support from Internews' Earth Journalism Network and was originally released by Atmakanta Studios and Project Multatuli in Bahasa Indonesia, with English subtitles, on 18 December 2021.
Banner image: Daun Telah Jadi Abu ("Triptych From the Burning Land") film poster / Credit: Atmakanta Studio for Project Multatuli.