Tellurian Drama probes the past and present of Mount Malabar in West Java, where the colonial government of the Dutch East Indies had the local indigenous peoples build a vast radio station to keep the overseas territory in perpetual contact with the home nation. Now the Indonesian government plans to reopen the facility as a tourist attraction. Structured via an unorthodox historical text by pseudo-anthropologist Drs. Munarwan, Rizaldi’s multi-layered essay marshals archive footage and photographs, stunning forest vistas, plans and diagrams and the sound of the zither into a shifting reflection on technologies and ideologies and the instrumentalization of time and space. (JL)
Singapore International Film Festival - Best Southeast Asia Short Film - 2020
Cinema du Reel - International Competition - 2021
International Film Festival Rotterdam - Ammodo Tiger Short Competition - 2021
Riar Rizaldi works as an artist and filmmaker. Born in Indonesia and currently based in Hong Kong. His main focus is on the relationship between capital and technology, extractivism, and theoretical fiction. His works have been shown at Locarno Film Festival, BFI Southbank London, International Film Festival Rotterdam, NTT InterCommunication Center Tokyo, Centre Pompidou Paris, Times Museum Guangzhou, and National Gallery of Indonesia amongst others.