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The Mangoes” ,  OPENING FILM at Indonesia Documentary Film Festival 2012

Story of a  man Mohammed Zein Pundagau ‘ choose ‘ to be female. Muhamad Zein Pundagau is a man born from a family with strong Islamic traditions. His father is a kyai – a religious teacher and leader – who has significant influence in their village. In the Islamic tradition, someone who chooses to be a transvestite is considered a disgrace. But Muhamad Zein Pundagau prefers to be a transvestite called Renita Pundagau. Renita is eventually thrown out by his parents from their home. For years Renita is away from his home village.

He finally travels to Jakarta. Over there, he doesn’t get any well-paid job. Instead, he becomes a prostitute and an employee at a beauty salon.  Why? Because those are the kinds of jobs he can get.  Transsexuals in Indonesia don’t get accepted in any other line of work.  Transsexuals are always looked down upon and avoided by the society.

Renita suffers from discrimination and he doesn’t get any approval from his parents and the society around him. Relying on his meager income as a prostitute and a beauty salon employee in Jakarta, Renita lives in poverty. He struggles to make ends meet.  He lives in a 3 x 3 room and is constantly in debt.  Beside living poor, he also gets abused and harassed. In his 25 years in Jakarta, Renita doesn’t dare contacting his family.  He misses his parents,  his family, his siblings and relatives.  But he is afraid to go home. He remembers what his parents tell him before he leaves “You may only come home if you bring your wife and children.”  This petrifies Renita.  ( Rumah Dokumenter, 98 mins, 2012 ) .

Status : Postproduction, documentary; Producer : Elida Tamalagi, Shanty Harmayn, Tonny Trimarsanto; Director: Tonny Trimarsanto

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“The Mangoes” ,  OPENING FILM at Indonesia Documentary Film Festival 2012 Story of a  man Mohammed Zein Pundagau ' choose ' to be female. Muhamad Zein Pundagau is a man born from a family with strong Islamic traditions. His father is a kyai – a religious teacher and leader –...