Thursday, August 27, 2009

Cin(t)a - God Is Director

Title: Cin(t)a - God Is Director
(Love - God Is Director)
Time of Release: August, 2009
Genre: Social-Cultural, Philosophical Drama
Actors: Sunny Soon, Saira Jihan
Director: Sammaria Simajuntak
Production: MOONBEAM Prod., Sembilan Matahari
Language: Indonesian, with English subtitle

“Why God creates differences if He wants to be worshipped in one way?”
“That’s why He creates love to unite them all”

Cina was a Chinese-Indonesian Christian young man who got his name ‘Cina’ (China, in English) by misunderstanding in his birth registry and is pursuing his dream to get a scholarship in an architecture faculty in Bandung, Indonesia. He was against his father’s plan for him to leave for Singapore where there’s a scholarship offer with 6 years working contract after, so he could be able to get a chance to be in the governments and to become a governor for Tapanuli, a new province of his dream.
In an architecture campus in Bandung, he met Annisa, an Indonesian Muslim actress. Annisa failed for many times in her final project on making a residence in rural area with fitness and health center in it. They met again and became close when Annisa went to a spa for having a reflexiology, and surprised to meet Cina as her therapist. Through that moment, Annisa knew a lot about Cina, about not every Chinese is rich.
Later, Cina worked for Annisa, helping her to make the model for her final project. And the two became closer. Not only involved in a vague love story, both young man and woman cultivate their backgrounds, the differences and sensitive issues about it which often cause a fight and war in Indonesia and many other places around the world---between religions and races, as well as social statuses.
In a 2000, Christmas and Eid al Fitr were fallen in the same day. Uniquely, Annisa and Cina celebrated it together, with a Christmas tree and a rice diamond as its décor. Then things got worse when many churches were bombed by Islamic militants. It opened both of their eyes that there was a real separating gap between their differences. As the result, Annisa as a muslim felt awkward for the Christians, especially to Cina. And for Cina himself, he lost his nationalism, letting him sacrificed his dream to have his own province under his leadership. He decided to leave Indonesia for Singapore to get the scholarship as he failed to get one in Bandung caused by racialism, as he was Chinese.
They reached into a conclusion, within their religion differences that they can’t be together, they can’t love each other. Must they remain as ‘best friends’ only?

This film has a great concept and issue to bring up. Cin(t)a got a concept like many other movies you can find in Film Festival, strong philosophy and uncommon ideas in presenting the core of the issue in the story.
Unique things you might see is like the intermezzo of different religion couples who are live happily for years, married and have children as the way for showing that religion differences in a marriage life isn’t a problem and many marriages within same religion could still encounter a divorces. It’s breaking through the cultures’ sphere.
This film is very bold in bringing up the most sensitive case and topic as the main issue of the film. Within the dialogues we prefer to keep ourselves, Annisa and Cina shared their curiosities, stereotypes, and assumptions about both religions, we can learn that many religions but no one teaches to be bad and come from one source. It could be a good way to make the viewers learn about tolerates to others and throw a teasing to fake religious people in the society.
What happened between Annisa and Cina was some kind of representative what most Indonesians said about the unity of the nations are fake! The non-sense racialism is still reigning. Many points on the issue and great quotes we can take for our lives. It means the film has been cultivated enough.
Music background, mostly from HOMOGENIC group, is quite interesting and went well with the scenes. Songs from other musicians were sounded well too. But, minus point, the volume was too high, many conversations weren’t heard clearly. Also, the actors’ pronunciations were not perfect to be heard and understood, especially for too soft Annisa and fast strong Sumatran dialect on Cina.
What irritated me was the crunchy acting of both main major actors. The feel wasn’t deeply touching. At some interesting and sensitive topic, the viewers felt empty and felt flat. Yet, the peace message is still obvious in the movie.

I recommended this movie for open-minded people who care a lot about cultural, original religions, pluralism in this planet. Critical thinking and open hearts are also needed!