Short Film Showcase: Backpack Through Indonesia in Under 5 Minutes

Follow these backpackers on an epic journey across Indonesia. Filmmaker Marco Santi shares highlights of his 16-day adventure in Backpackers Memahami Indonesia. Roughly translated from Indonesian, memahami means “to understand or comprehend.” Travel from the top of Gunung Bromo, an active volcano, to the depths of the Indian Ocean in this stunning short. I spoke with Santi about the film and his travels.

How long were you traveling and how long did this piece take to film?

I traveled 16 days around Indonesia, and during that time I filmed
all the things that captured my attention.

Can you tell me about the locations featured in your short?

I visited three of the main islands in Indonesia: Java,
Bali, and Flores. In Java I visited the city of Yoghiakarta, Borobudur (a Buddhist temple), Prambanan (an archaeological site with many Hindu temples), Gunung Bromo (an active volcano), and Ijen (a mountain with a sulfur mine and volcanic lake).

In Bali I stayed only three days, and the most exciting things I saw were a traditional Balinese dance and Ubud, the cultural center of Bali.

Then I moved to Flores, and there I visited Kelimutu Volcano (where there are three lakes of three different colors, one next to the other), Seventeen Islands (small islands of white sand in the middle of the sea), Bajawa (a traditional Indonesian village), and Komodo National Park.

Any memorable stories you can share?

Luckily we had a lot of memorable and also funny stories that my friends and I could tell. Maybe the episode that most impressed me was during the visit to Kelimutu Volcano. We were walking to reach the panoramic view from which [we could] see the three volcanic lakes when we met a group of young Indonesian students who literally attacked us because they wanted to take a picture with us. They were so excited —> Read More