Sawo Matang

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Indonesia, Canada, USA | 21' | 08/2023 | fiction

In a post-New Order Jakarta, Native Indonesians (Pribumi) are legalized to perform the black magic ritual “Babi Ngepet” to balance their economy against Chinese Indonesians. When Kai, a Chinese Indonesian boy, needs money for university, he asks his best friend Nala, a Pribumi girl, to perform the ritual for him. 

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Andrea Nirmala Widjajanto


Andrea is an Indonesian writer/director currently residing in Toronto, Canada. Her works explore genre films as a medium to depict the current condition surrounding political, social, and cultural issues. Her previous short Srikandi, a fantasy drama inspired by an Indonesian myth of the same name, went on to premiere at the 2021 Toronto International Film Festival, and Sundance Film Festival: Asia, before screening at Vancouver International Film Festival. Her latest short, Shallots & Garlic, screened at the 2022 Sundance Film Festival: Asia, San Diego Asian Film Festival, Toronto Reel Asian Film Festival, Bangkok Asian Film Festival 2023 and was the recipient of Get Reel Film Fest Scholarship. Andrea’s latest short Sawo Matang was the grant recipient of the 2021 NFTTY Pitch Competition, and is produced by her company Pidgin Productions in co-production with Inteamates and SINEMA 5.


  • Shallots & Garlic (2022)
  • Srikandi (2020) 
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Director: Andrea Nirmala Widjajanto
Screenplay: Andrea Nirmala Widjajanto
Producer: Matthew Danial Herst, Annisa Adjam
Cinematographer: Janice Angelica, Bing Bang
Sound Design: Lional Judy
Editor: Maziyar Khatam
Composer: Gahàraíden Soetansyah
Production Designer: Amy Fitria Siddharta
Cast: Anne Yasmine, Yesaya Mishael, Dwynna Win, Anastasia Audrey, Jens Anker, Bonita, Jeremy Randolph


  • Toronto International Film Festival, Canada (7 – 17 September, 2023)
    Short Cuts
  • Festival du nouveau cinéma, Canada (4 – 15 October, 2023)
    International Competition
  • Women Make Waves International Film Festival, Taiwan (12 – 22 October, 2023)
  • Science New Wave Festival, United States (20 – 27 October, 2023)
  • Montclair Film Festival, United States (20 – 29 October, 2023)


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English dialogue list: Click here

Downloadable trailer: Click here

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