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by Alvaro Gurrea


Yono, or Mbah Jhiwo (Ancient Soul), is one of the miners who carry large sulphur rocks up the side of the Kawa Ijen crater every day. One morning, his wife unexpectedly leaves the family home, changing a routine where time had seemed to stop. Since then, trapped like Sisyphus in an eternal task and guided by his faith in getting her back, Yono will confront similar events which will transform their aspect as his beliefs change from animism, to Islam and to capitalism. An ethno-fictional film which explores otherness and questions the myth of progress in the neo-colonial reality of the islands of the South Seas.

international title: Ancient Soul
original title: Mbah Jhiwo
country: Spain
year: 2021
genre: docu-fiction
directed by: Alvaro Gurrea
film run: 108'
screenplay: Alvaro Gurrea
cast: Yono Aris Munandar
cinematography by: Alvaro Gurrea
film editing: Manuel Muñoz Rivas
music: Senyawa Shabara
production: My Deer Films
distributor: Begin Again Films

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