The story of three young people lured into a radical Islamic organisation.
Crisscrossing between the stories of Rima, a dynamic recruit whose ambition is soon thwarted by Islamic convention; the disaffected Jabir, who is looking for a way out of a cycle of poverty; and Asimah (played by the revered Indonesian actress Jajang C Noer), who desperately searches the streets for her kidnapped daughter, The Blindfold builds a powerful portrait of how the spread of Islamic fundamentalism in Indonesia is targeting the country's youth.
Shot in nine days (for security reasons), with a mix of professional and non-professional actors, The Blindfold sees veteran director Garin Nugroho (Opera Jawa, MIFF 07) dispense with his trademark use of allegory and metaphor in favour of a strikingly realistic storytelling style.
“This is one of the most important subjects for Indonesian society today.” - filmmaker Garin Nugroho
D Garin Nugroho P Asaf Antariksa, Endang Tirtana S Tri Sasongko WS SET Film Workshop L Indonesian w/English subtitles TD digibeta/2011
Read an extended article on The Blindfold at Senses of Cinema.