Emma' (Mother)

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Indonesia | 2016 | 77 minutes | Riri Riza

In this lyrical and humanist drama set in 1960s Indonesia, a woman discovers that her husband has taken a second wife, which, though legal and in accordance with Muslim practice, leaves her quietly devastated as she struggles to keep their marriage and family intact.

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Set in the post-revolution environment of 1950s Indonesia, Emma' is the story of a wife and mother who is stretched thin when her husband makes a life-altering decision. Athirah, also known as Emma, lives in the port town of Makassar with her husband, Puang Aji, a businessman at a trading company, and her teenage son Ucu. Fully committed to her family, Emma dutifully cooks them lavish meals every night and works at a textile factory during the day to help provide financially. When Emma discovers that Puang has taken on another wife while on business in the booming capital of Jakarta, she is silently devastated. Although polygamy was a very real and common practice in Indonesia for Muslims until the 1970s, her new position comes as a heartbreaking surprise. As the days drag on, her husband's empty seat at the dinner table becomes a slap in the face, and Emma must struggle to keep herself and her family together. Adapted from a novel by the author Alberthiene Endah, filmmaker Riri Riza stoically molds this emotional tale of familial power structures, loyalty, and independence that realistically the historical domestic situations for many Indonesian Muslims.

Director Biography

Born in 1970, Riri Riza graduated from the Film Department of the Jakarta Arts Institute, with Master's degree in Screenwriting from the Royal Holloway University in London. Eliana, Eliana won Young Cinema award and FIPRESCI at 2002 Singapore International Film Festival & Special Jury prize at Vancouver International Film Festival. GIE won the best picture in Asia Pacific Film Festival and best picture in Indonesian Film Festival 2005. 3 Days to Forever won Best Director award at 35th Brussels International Independent Film Festival in 2008. The Rainbow Troops (2008) was Indonesia's all-time box-office records, was selected for Berlin International Film Festival 2009. Atambua 39° Celsius premiered in the competition section of Tokyo International Film festival 2011. The Jungle School won the Audience Awards in Fukuoka Focus on Asia International film festival 2014.

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  • Original Language Title: Athirah
  • Director: Riri Riza
  • Principal Cast: Cut Mini, Christoffer Nelwan, Arman Dewarti, Jajang C. Noer
  • Premiere Status: U.S.
  • Country: Indonesia
  • Year: 2016
  • Running Time: 77 minutes
  • Producer: Mira Lesmana
  • Screenplay: Riri Riza, Salman Aristo
  • Cinematographers: Yadi Sugandi
  • Editors: W. Ichwandiardono
  • Music: Juang Manyala
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Filmography: Laskar Pelangi (2008); Eliana, Eliana (2002); Gie (2005); Sokola rimba (2013); Drupadi (2008); Three Days to Forever (2007); Kuldesak (1999)
  • Language: Indonesian
  • Has Subtitles: Yes
  • Format: DCP