CANADIAN LABOUR INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
SUGAR ON THE WEAVER'S CHAIR
A FILM BY HARVAN AGUSTRIANSYAH
This film tells the story of three Indonesian women redefining their destinies.
SUTRINGAH, is the wife of a palm sugar tapper and faces economic hardship when her husband is paralyzed due to a workplace accident. Sutringah reevaluates her role as a woman, a wife and a breadwinner.
YATI, a woman with a disability, worked all her life for her family’s business. Her idealism conflicts with her father’s traditional views of the business. She tries forging her own path by taking a job at a garment factory where new limits are imposed on her.
MARIA, is a member of a group of widows who work as traditional weavers. When they become competitive with male dominated retailers, they are forced to redefine their work by passing along the weaving tradition to their local youth.