A female anatomy from Flying Broom: Uni – Culture – Art

“Flying Broom’s vision, which began in 1996 with a belief in the knowledge of women and women’s organizations, is to create change to achieve a just world where women’s empowerment and gender equality are ensured. Aiming to raise awareness on issues such as visibility, production and creation, it has played a leading role in bringing the issue of children and forced marriages to Turkey’s agenda.

The 2021 Indonesian production “Uni”, which I saw as part of the festival and considered it worthy of writing, stood out as a film that attracted a lot of attention in addition to the award-winning films.

The first film by young Indonesian director Camila Andini, which was met with critical acclaim and attention. “The mirror never lies.” This is the second feature-length production after that “Uni”It premiered in 2021 at the Toronto International Film Festival.

While watching the movie, I thought that the codes of Indonesian society and sociology need to be well known, on the other hand, I thought that the problem of women in a closed society is universal.

The plane of faith, which is one of the foundations of culture and social life, alone will not suffice to establish and maintain social order; I can say that I can see more clearly throughout the film that no society or woman can take a step towards their development without the tendency to embody rights, justice, secularism and secularism.

Portrait of a young man from an Asian country and Tabus

Uni is a 17-year-old high school student who lives with her grandmother in a suburb of Indonesia. Indonesia, one of the most populous countries in the world, has 86.7 percent Muslim population; Since we know that 99 percent of this Muslim population is Sunni, and under Indonesian national and regional law, wearing hijabs is completely optional for women, it is interesting to see girls wearing hijabs during school classes. Meanwhile, we see in the discussion between Uni and her friends that some Sharia rules are valid in the school and the band-music branch is prohibited according to Sharia provisions and her reaction in this regard.

Uni and his girlfriend often grew up in an environment where women are shaped by closed societies and traditions; They explain what they hear about marriage, men, virginity and sexuality or what they hear in their own way from their environment. Meanwhile, issues such as controlling virginity in school and taking precautions have been discussed by the school administration, considering that the Western way of life has resulted in moral decay.

Uni, who sees that there is no happy marriage style where women are released, or that there is no woman who can return to their parents’ home after divorce, knows that a young man from the neighborhood has come to see her. When he is dreaming of preparing for university. Meanwhile, Damar Hodge, a handsome and respected teacher in the school, has a weakness for both her and the schoolgirl.

Uni, who rejects the first proposal, gets an offer to marry an older man as his second wife and pay him the price of a big bride. Of course, this price will be even higher if the virgin is proved on the first night. Uni, who also rejects the proposal, wants to destroy the superstition that a young girl who refuses to marry three times according to Indonesian superstition will never marry again. In the meantime, we have learned that Uni, the protagonist of the movie, is obsessed with the color purple as a prognosis, and that this color symbolizes a widow in Indonesian society. (Will have to wait until the end of the movie)

As he was about to graduate from school, he was confronted by Damar, whom he had caught trying to wear women’s clothing in a shop booth selling women’s clothing, and then came to ask him a push and the beginning of his fate. Damar, whose homosexuality has been revealed, has to marry his mother to prove that she is a man, and the victim is 17-year-old Uni, who lives with a purple passion, who will be a widow without marriage. (However, we also understand that it’s not just women who are under pressure in a closed society …)

Uni, a daring film where the portrait and sexuality of a woman from Southeast Asian society is widely discussed, stands out as a production that deserves praise and admiration, and it should not be missed at release and should be widely discussed.

Good luck to all of you

Ozlem Kalkan


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