Focus: Southeast Asian

The Seen and Unseen

by Kamila Andini

Mystery/Drama | 86 min | Indonesia | 2017)

Ngilngig 2019 is proud to present one of the acclaimed films from Asia in 2018 – winner of the Best Feature Film (Generation section) of the Berlin International Film Festival 2018, Kamila Andini’s The Seen and Unseen (Sekala Niskala), a story about young twins who will embark on a magical journey between reality and imagination.

Travelling from various film festivals in the world including Toronto, Busan, Tokyo, India, Australia, Singpore, Hongkong, the US, and Europe, this Indonesian film will have a special screening much closer to its roots, in Davao, Mindanao. It premiered in the Philippines last year during the 2018 QCinema International Film Festival where it won Special Jury Prize.


Synopsis: One day in a hospital room, Tantri (10 years-old) realizes that she will not have a long time along with her twin brother, Tantra. Tantra’s brain weakens and he starts to lose his senses one by one. Tantra is now spending most of his time lying in the hospital room while Tantri has to accept the reality that she has to face life alone. This situation opens up something in Tantri’s mind.

Tantri keeps waking up in the middle of the night from a dream and seeing Tantra. The night becomes their playground. Under the full moon Tantri dances, she dances about her home, about her feelings. As the moon is dimmed and replaces by the sun, so does Tantra and Tantri. Together, Tantri experiences a magical journey and emotional relationship through body expressions; between reality and imagination, losing and hope.

Screening schedule: Oct. 28, 2019 (Monday), 6:00pm – 7:30pm, Cinematheque Davao