Die Before BlossomDie Before Blossom
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Die Before BlossomAriani Djalal // Indonesia // 2014 // 90 min // Original with English sub. // U

Thu, 24 Apr • Kineforum TIM • 20:00*
Sat, 26 Apr • GoetheHaus • 19:00*
*Q&A with Ariani Djalal the director of Die Before Blossom after screening

Die before Blossom is an observational documentary about the end of childhood, describing how young Muslim girls grow up in Indonesia’s middle class of today. The film portrays two families in Yogyakarta during a decisive period of their young daughters’ education. In the meantime, the public education system in Indonesia is changing due to growing pressure from Islamic political parties. The once secular institution is geared towards shaping millions children into submissive youth by including more religious activities into their school life.

Ariani Djalal studied Philosophy at the Gadjah Mada University, Yogyakarta, Indonesia. She works as a freelance journalist along with producing, writing and directing documentary films and news features for television. Her works include Born in Aceh (2004), Women and Syariah Law (2007), Struggling for Living (2008) and Friday Lunch (2009).