NADIAH’S MOUNTAIN | 2019 | SOUTH KOREA | 100 MIN. | DIRECTED BY MOON CHANG-YONG | PRODUCED BY KIM DONG BIN | SONAMU FILM PRODUCTION
Nadiah will not give up her fight.
12-year-old Nadiah and other children from Bantar Gebang, Indonesia are oblivious of the trash mountain's rancid smell. From the very young age, children climb the trash mountain to scavenge wastes for 17 hours a day. They eat, play, and sleep around the mountain.
It seems like life is just about trash. Trash mountain's boss gets richer but Nadia's family debt only gets bigger. However, Nadia and her older brother Asep keep their hopes and dreams. One day, a friend of Nadiah loses his arm while scavenging near the excavators. Another scavenger dies from tetanus because he could not afford to go to a hospital.
Nadiah, who wants to become a doctor, and Asep who says his dreams are already dead, falls into despair that there is no future at the trash mountain. So they start planning an escape from the mountain and the plan gets bigger. Just as they are close to finalizing their escape plan, the adults start to find out.
Nadiah’s Mountain has been shot for four years. The movie portrays the lives of children living at a trash mountain. However, the film does not center around social issues or child labor in journalism style. We portray how the characters grow into their teenage years, still keeping hopes and dreams even in inescapable situation and plan to escape for their future and show what it means to have hope.
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