Filmmaker Mouly Surya Gives Voice to Kids with Disabilities
Award-winning director Mouly Surya spoke to the Jakarta Globe about her upcoming movie â€œExtraordinary Me,â€ the story of three blind teenagers and a deaf boy and their journey to rise above challenges in their school.
â€œAll teenagers have dreams, heartbreaks and insecurities. But blind and deaf children have to go through more than that,â€ said Mouly, the woman behind the much-revered movie â€œFiksiâ€ (â€œFictionâ€).
â€œExtraordinary Meâ€ is a dark comedy about the attempts of these four teenagers to put together the story of their lives into a stage play for the school festival.
â€œThe main concept of this film is to see and hear Indonesia from [the childrenâ€™s] points of view,â€ Mouly said.
The 30-year-old filmmaker said that the main inspiration for the film came from the fond memory of her visually impaired cousin.
â€œI remembered that when we were younger, I used to tag along to [my cousinâ€™s] dorm and see her world with the other visually impaired students,â€ Mouly said.