FILM: DRY RAIN
Bhima Aryateja grew up in Jakarta Indonesia. Had been involved with documenting cultural events at Sacred Bridge Foundation (the first private cultural organization in Indonesia being recognized as a cultural counterpart by UNESCO), where he experienced in working as Documentation Manager on one of its program Listen to The World. In 2014 he finished his bachelor’s degree in Broadcasting Journalism at Universitas Pelita Harapan in Indonesia. His ambition is to capture the rich-culture of Indonesia through documentary filmmaking, but with the lack of documentary industry there, he decided to move to United States to enrich his knowledge about documentary, where he completed a conservatory documentary filmmaking program at New York Film Academy in New York in 2015. He is currently pursuing his MFA in Documentary Filmmaking at City College of New York, while freelancing as Sound Recordist in New York.
“Dry Rain” presents a glimpse of Anang Nursyam's life, a self-assured rain shaman who lives in the village area of Tasikmalaya, West Java, Indonesia. Anang spends most of his time outside work cultivating his own livestock, and when he’s not on the farm, he enriches his knowledge of divinity, either through discussion with his friends or meditation. Throughout the film, the audience sees how he works on set and also remotely from home, hired to prevent the rain. By the end of the film, we find out how he got into the business and why his employer hired him in the first place, all of which combine to communicate the culture and glimpse the complex ways the Sundanese Indonesians believe.
Writer/Director: Bhima Aryateja
Producer: Bhima Aryateja
Co-Producer: Eva Laerke Stald-Bolow
Director of Photography: Bhima Aryateja
Camera Assistants: Bhima Aryateja
Editor: Bhima Aryateja
Sound Mixer: Abdul Rozzaq Ariwahyono
Story Consultant: Joseph Ives