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Makbul Mubarak – Autobiography #Venezia79

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A tale of fatherhood and belonging in Indonesia, a meditation on morality and duty.

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PODCAST | Angelo Acerbi interviews Makbul Mubarak, director of the film Autobiography.

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Makbul Mubarak brings, with Autobiagraphy, on the surface the moral and education Indonesian have been taught of in ages, under the dictatorship. these are the core significance of the film and this tale serves the purpose of analyzing and questioning this assumption: Is it moral to be faithful to someone who is immoral?

Autobiography: With his father in prison and his brother abroad for work, young Rakib works as the lone housekeeper in an empty mansion belonging to Purna, a retired general whose family Rakib’s clan have served for centuries in a rural Indonesian town. After Purna returns home to start his mayoral election campaign, Rakib bonds with the older man, who becomes a close mentor and father figure, and finds his calling as Purna’s assistant in work and life. When Purna’s election poster is found vandalised one day, Rakib doesn’t hesitate to track down the culprit, kicking off an escalating chain of violence…

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    Angelo Acerbi
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    Makbul Mubarak
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