Magazine article Screen International

Dubai Film Festival One on One: Kamila Andini Talks 'The Seen and Unseen'

Magazine article Screen International

Dubai Film Festival One on One: Kamila Andini Talks 'The Seen and Unseen'

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Kamila Andini tells Liz Shackleton about the local culture behind children’s fable The Seen And Unseen.

The Seen And Unseen

Set on the Indonesian island of Bali, director Kamila Andini’s The Seen And Unseen is about a 10-year-old girl whose twin brother falls seriously ill. While he languishes in a hospital bed, she retreats into a fantastical world of dance, costume and puppetry to help her cope with the possible loss of her brother and closest friend.

Following her debut feature The Mirror Never Lies (2011), Andini spent a few years developing the ideas behind her second film. “The Balinese have this philosophy, ‘sekala niskala’, through which they believe in everything they can see and also everything they cannot see. It fits with me as both a creator and an Indonesian, because we’ve always lived within myths, beliefs and religions, and we connect to each other in a holistic way.”

Kamila Andini

Working with Balinese choreographer Ida Ayu Wayan Arya Satyani, Andini created a magical realm in which song, poetry and movement - instead of speech - are used to communicate and express emotions. …

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