Songbird

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Indonesians have a tradition of keeping birds in cages and enormous bird markets. Popular birds are those with a repertoire of beautiful songs, adding new momentum to the business both of trapping birds in the wild and training them to sing beautifully. One teenager is counting on the bird boom to build his future: sixteen-year-old Agok. This episode depicts Agok’s personal growth as he struggles to build a life for himself in the industry.

Director Wisnu Surya Pratama
Location Indonesia
Duration 25 min. 30sec.
Genre Children / Social Issue / Nature
Air Date (JST) Mon., Aug. 20, 2018 *rerun
Mon., Jul. 2, 2018

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Director

Wisnu Surya Pratama

Wisnu Surya Pratama

Biography

Wisnu Surya Pratama, born in Banyuwangi, East Java, Indonesia on the 3rd of May 1978. He is the first son of three children of Yoyok Waluyo (father) and Siti Kamsiyah (mother). His father is a rice and coffee farmer and his mother owns a grocery store in the village’s market. He spent his childhood in Kalibaru, a small village in Banyuwangi, East Java. In 1996, at the age of 18, he moved to Jakarta to study Dutch Literature in Universitas Indonesia and finished his bachelor degree in 2001. He became a travel journalist, writing in tabloid, Indonesia Travel Tribune and a website Goindo.com until 2003. He wrote in a feminist journal, Jurnal Perempuan, as a freelance writer and researcher from 2003 to 2005. Meanwhile he also became one of the board of directors of Yayasan Konfiden, a NGO that regularly held Indonesian Independent Short Film Festivals from 1999 to 2008.

He began his career in the film industry as production assistant and assistant director in 2005 and continues working in the industry as a director and producer.

His works have screened at international film festivals in Pusan, Rotterdam and Hong Kong. He has held a long-standing role as production supervisor for Metro TV’s popular Eagle Awards Documentary Competitions. Wisnu recently collaborated with Two Islands Digital on a short documentary for Channel News Asia.

Filmography

Kucing 9808, Chronicles of a (Former) Demonstrator (2008)
Director
Short Documentary
Produced by: Renjani Films, Payung Project
Logline: A biopic about student activist in 1998 and his transformation after 10 years of Indonesian reform. Part of an omnibus 9808: 10th years of Indonesian Reform

3LL4 (2011)
Director
Short Fiction
Produced by: Renjani Films and Babi Buta Films
Logline: Ella, a prostitute, has to go back to her hometown in East Java to celebrate Ied Mubarak. On the last night of Ramadhan, Ella has to face the reality that she out of money and has to work the night before she travels. Part of an omnibus Belkibolang, Anthology about Jakarta at Night.

Rock N Roll (2015)
Director, Writer
Short Fiction
Produced by: Tanakhir Films
Logline: The film is about the friendship of Indra and Asti. They try to bring back the memories of their relationship through the city of Jakarta, the traffic, the people and the food.

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