They Say I'm A Monkey
Mereka Bilang, Saya Monyet Director: Djenar Maesa Ayu


Djenar Maesa Ayu has based her first feature, THEY SAY I'M A MONKEY, on her two short stories about a young writer, Adjeng, who is haunted by the shadow of her past. Adjeng lives two separate lives: as an aggressive party girl to her lovers and friends, and a passive daughter to her mother. She tries to find solace through her writings. But she is in dilemma when she has to face her mother's opposition. Can Adjeng break free from maternal suppression and come to terms with her past?

"Escalating violence against women and children has become a part of our daily existence. Lack of knowledge of individual rights, incompetent legal system, gender problems, and the misperception of sex as taboo are some of causes for the sexual abuse and violence in the family."

Djenar Maesa Ayu, director


Festivals and awards: Osain's Cinefan
Links: Trailer

Programme: Eastern Sunrise

Country: Indonesia
Year: 2007
Length: 93
Language: Indonesian
Producer: Dersu Yavuz Altun, Riyadh Assegaf
Screenplay: Djenar Maesa Ayu, Indra Herlambang
Director: Djenar Maesa Ayu
Cinematography: Roby Taswin
Music: Titi Sjuman, Aksan Sjuman
Editor: Wawan I. Wibowo, Arifin

Cast: Titi Sjuman, Henidar Amroe, Ray Sahetapy, Bucek, Jajang C Noer

Producer: Intimacy Production


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Djenar Maesa Ayu

Djenar Maesa Ayu (b. 1973) is a succesful writer and an actress, and has now become a producer, director, and scriptwriter with her first feature THEY SAY I'M A MONKEY. The film is based on stories from her book which has had eight editions and had been nominated for the Khatulistiwa Literary Award in 2003.

Mereka Bilang, Saya Monyet! (They Say I'm A Monkey, 2007)


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