The Mirror Never Lies
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    The Mirror Never Lies

    Penyu dan kerajaan lautku

    Directed by



    100 min

    • Indonesian

    Documentary, Drama

    Pakis sits in the midst of a floating village, waiting for her father who simply doesn’t come back from fishing one day. The other children say he’s dead, but Pakis refuses to believe this. Instead she searches for the truth in a small mirror her father once gave her. Pakis is full of hope that one day he will return; she cannot forget his stories of the wind and the sea. Lying awake at night makes Pakis nod off at school. Her young mother has painted her face white and Pakis chides her for having given up on her father. But in reality she’s only trying to go on living in spite of her loss.
    One day a young man arrives at their settlement – a dolphin researcher from Jakarta. He moves into Paki’s father’s hut.
    The serene images of 25-year-old Kamila Andini’s film convey a simple lifestyle marked by privation that is often richly compensated by natural beauty. Filmed in Wakatobi in the Coral Triangle, this drama portrays the lives of the Bajo people today – sea nomads who have developed a unique way of life that is perfectly attuned to the sea.


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    • Special Mention - Films de Femmes IFF
    • Special Mention, Best ASEAN Film, Cinemanila IFF
    • Special Mention, Earth Grand Prix, Tokyo IFF
    • FIPRESCI Prize, Hong Kong IFF
    • New Currents Award, Busan IFF
    • Best Children's Feature Film - Asia Pacific Screen Awards



    Atiqah Hasiholan
    Gita Novalista
    Reza Rahadian
    Eko Zainal
    Dirmawan Hatta
    Rachmat „Ipung“ Syaiful
    Wawan I. Wibowo
    Thoersi Argeswara


    Even cosmopolitan urbanites will be hard-pressed not to fall for this exotic gem.

    Maggie Lee, The Hollywood Reporter

    A memorable setting and effective storytelling

    Darcy Paquet, Screen International

    Kamila Andini

    Kamila Andini


    Filmmaking for me is all about relations and interrelations, its about changing perspective, its about the journey to the east.

    Kamila Andini is a mother and filmmaker based in Jakarta, Indonesia. Her interest in social culture, gender equality and environmental issues is what drives her passion to make films with a distinctive story-telling perspective. Her debut feature film, THE MIRROR NEVER LIES (2011), portrays the lives of sea wanderers in the Indonesian ocean. Her second feature, THE SEEN AND UNSEEN (2017), explores a cinematic universe of dualism based on Balinese philosophy. Both films travelled to more than 50 film festivals around the world and received approximately 30 awards, nationally and internationally, including the Generation Kplus Grand Prix for Best Feature Film at Berlin International Film Festival 2018 for The Seen and Unseen (2017). She also creates short films to exhibit her voice and vision for filmmaking. AFTER FOLLOWING DIANA (2015), MEMORIA (2016), and SEKAR (2018), her most recent short film, BACK HOME (2019), became part of omnibus Japan-based production, ANGEL SIGN (2019). Lately, she has also expanded her directorial work into theatre. Her debut theatrical work, based on her second film and also titled The Seen and Unseen, was performed at Esplanade Singapore 2018 and Asia TOPA Melbourne 2019, and her latest offering is monologue, stage and virtual performance, NUSA YANG HILANG (2021). At present, she is finishing her third feature, a story about an Indonesian teenager, YUNI (2021), which is an Indonesian, Singaporean, French, Australian production, and is also working on her fourth feature, an intimate film set in the 1960’s, exploring the rights and wrongs of a woman’s life. Before, Now & Then (working title), is now in the post-production stage.

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