Rafael 3 Sun, Oct 7, 2018 8:00 PM
Century Larkspur 3 Mon, Oct 8, 2018 6:00 PM
Film Info
Category:Mind the Gap
Section:Valley of the Docs
Running Time:80 min.
Director:Cynthia Wade
Sasha Friedlander
Producer:Sasha Friedlander
Cynthia Wade
Tracie Holder
Screenwriter:Cynthia Wade
Sasha Friedlander
Cinematographer:Boaz Freund
Axel Baumann
Bao Nguyen
Peter Mychalchewyz
Alex Ginting
Editor:Sasha Friedlander
Print Source:Cynthia Wade Productions
Note Writer:Frako Loden


How to radicalize a teenage girl and fire her ambition to become a human-rights lawyer? Destroy her family's home and over a dozen neighboring villages in a 2006 mud volcano that killed 16 and displaced 60,000 in East Java, Indonesia. Expected to continue until at least 2030, this ongoing eruption was probably caused by faulty drilling for natural gas by the Lapindo Company. But the corporation's own paid researchers cast the blame on an earthquake 180 miles away, absolving Lapindo of responsibility, along with the obligation to compensate victims for their losses. In response, teenage Dian studies diligently, determined to win compensation for her buried village and her father, a Lapindo employee who died a year after the explosion from cancer linked to toxins in the mud. This grandly poetic documentary serves both as a memorial to the disaster's victims and as the story of a young activist battling a formidable alliance of big business and corrupt politicians.

Expected Guests: Director/Producer Sasha Friedlander; Director Cynthia Wade  (All Screenings)

Additional Information

Cynthia Wade’s documentary Freeheld (2007) won a Best Documentary Short Subject Academy Award®, a Sundance Film Festival Special Jury Prize, and 13 other awards. She was a lead producer on the 2015 fictionalized adaptation of Freeheld. Wade’s 2013 HBO documentary Mondays at Racine was nominated for an Academy Award in 2013. She is the director of the documentaries Grist for the Mill (1999), Shelter Dogs (2004), Born Sweet (2009), Living the Legacy (2009), and Generation Startup (2016), and producer of The Gnomist (2015). She holds a BA from Smith College and an MA in Documentary Film Production from Stanford University.

Sasha Friedlander directed, produced, shot, and edited the feature-documentary Where Heaven Meets Hell (2013). The film, set in East Java, Indonesia, won numerous prizes including Best Feature Documentary Film and a Special Jury Prize for Outstanding Cinematography at the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival and a Halekulani Golden Orchid Award at the Hawaii International Film Festival. Sasha's has lived and worked in Indonesia. She is fluent in Indonesian and worked there as a journalist for several years. Sasha holds a BA from UCLA and an MFA in Social Documentary Film from the School of Visual Arts.