The Very Beginning of Our “Cermin Dua Sisi” the Movie,,, :P (part 1)

Written by Mega Aisyah Nirmala

One day, about three weeks ago, I got an sms from an old friend. His name is Ridwan Hidayat, he was the leader of my division in campus organization that I joined. This religious organization which is in Bahasa Indonesia usually called as Lembaga Dakwah Kampus, is one of the organizations I joined in my campus. The name of the organization is “JAM” shorted from Jamaah Al-Muqtashidin. I wasn’t that long to be a part of this organization, but the memory is long lasting, really! Prikitiewww,,, 😛

Back again, he asked me to join him to make such kind of short movie for the celebration of our organization. He said, it will spend like two weeks in October. Since I have free time in the beginning till mid of October, I said okay to him without asking him any questions,,, 😀

The reason why I directly say yes to him is because I really appreciate him as the leader of my division at that time, honestly, till today anyway. He always has a great vision and mission toward the organization and toward his life for sure. I really appreciate those kind of people though. And in this project, he is being the producer of the movie. The second reason is, I never have such kind of movie making experience, so why don’t just try? 🙂

Talking about the movie, we are doing the movie entitled “Cermin Dua Sisi” or in random English it’s called like The Two Sides of Mirror,,, maybe,,, hehe. It’s kind of religious short movie with the duration 30-45 minutes. The story is written by Dudy Sya’bani Takdir. He is also the Director of this movie. Well, it’s just great to have a very young and talented Director in the movie making project,,, 😉

In the first meeting, we are doing a casting to decide in which character we should play. We are asked to express anger, sadness, and happiness. It wasn’t easy though. But struggles never resulted nothing, right? I will always remember the Director said, everyone can make it if they want to struggle and just be positive about it. Easy! 😉

The story of the movie is about situation which we are oftenly seen in the reality in our campus organization, especially in religious organization. What is it? It’s kind of different perspective. In this movie, the story is going to be “How’s the activist of this religious organization should behave”. There are two different perspectives in the body of the organization. Which one is right and which is wrong? Just wait the movie launched and watch it. However, this movie will bring you to the goodness, not to the badness,,, 😀

Anyway, it’s really my first experience to get involved in the movie making project, and I am sure for the other friends too. We mostly know nothing about the movie making project. It isn’t easy but since we have an excellent Director, I am sure we are doing good on it. InsyaAllah. We’re working hard but fun in this movie. There are seven talents (players) in this movie, including me. Hehe. I don’t play a lot, only 5 scenes from about 30 scenes. But still, working hard is needed. 🙂

There are so much things I learned from the whole movie making process, from the producer, from the director, from the talents, and from the crew. You want to know more about those stuffs? Will tell you later in the next part,,, 😉

one evening in the movie making process,,, ;)

one evening in the movie making process,,, 😉

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Just a Story

Written by Mega Ai

Wow! That’s one word that maybe able to represent my feeling. That’s an amazing time in my life. I was attending an Asia youth climate workshop in Bangkok, Thailand. A very short time that told me many things about this life. Thanks God for this chance. Hopefully, having a good luck is not the only reason why I was there to gather with the other youth from all around Asia. This workshop was hold by an Environmental NGO.
As the name, this workshop is all about climate change. In general, there are seven sessions in this workshop. The first session is about climate crisis impact. The second session is about international policy of climate change. The third session is about how to do an event regarding to the climate action. The fourth session is doing an art build to do the climate change action. The fifth session is about how to build a network. The sixth session is about communications and media training. The last session is doing an art build again.
Overall, through the workshop, I know that every country in Asia more or less has the same problem regarding to the climate change. The impact of the climate change is such as flood, drought, eruption, storm, and so on. Based on the speaker in the first session, her name is Marj, there is only 20 % of forest that is still existed in the Philippine in 2009, while the other is lost. One of the big factors which cause the lost of forest is illegal logging. Can you imagine how bad the condition of forest in the Philippine is? Furthermore, the lost of forest becomes one the major reasons why the climate change is getting worse and worse. The same problem is also faced by our beloved country, Indonesia. Indonesia is also lost of many forests. The main reason is the same with the Philippine. It is because of illegal logging. Actually the case is the forest is the best tool to absorb carbon dioxide and other gases which cause climate change is getting worse in the earth. Unfortunately, it is almost impossible to increase the number of forest; whereas the carbon dioxide on earth is increasing rapidly. The biggest carbon dioxide supplier in the world is industries and vehicles. And in the end, the one who feel most of the effect of climate change is the society in the grassroots or poor people. One of the real examples of the climate change impact is many farmers face harvest failure because of many natural reasons. Realize it or not, climate change will give impact to the economic growth of the country.
And you know what; one of the things that I like from this workshop is the speakers. The speakers are cute men. No, just kidding! The speakers are just like us. They are youth and brilliant. They deliver the material of the workshop in a very good way and with high spirit, youth spirit exactly. The coordinator of this workshop is Jamie, who is only 24 years old guy.
One of the speakers in this workshop named Kevin; he is the one who teaches us about art build. At the first time I come to the art build room, I thought, I couldn’t do that. I am totally bad in art. But then Kevin said, “Just do what you want to do. Let your imagination comes up,”. Okay, I would try to paint a poster. And finally, the result was amazing. I made a very nice poster only in 45 minutes. That’s cool. Kevin didn’t teach me how to paint a poster. But he taught me how to make myself free to express myself. And he also taught me how to convince myself that I actually can do all the things that I want.
Not only has that, Kevin, taught me another thing again. When my friend was going to buy in a flip-flop in the seven-eleven (24 hours shop based on United States), Kevin said, “Why don’t you just buy the flip-flop in the local shop?”. My friend was suddenly speechless. “If you buy the stuff in seven-eleven, you’ll support a giant company becomes more giant, right? If you buy in the local shop, you will help them to survive,” he added. Then my friend was going to the local shop directly. I wasn’t there where it was happened, my friend told me this. You know where he comes from? Yup! He comes from United States. I and my friends should be ashamed. And we do, we do really ashamed to him, to ourselves, and to the local people.
Okay that’s about social things that I learned from him. And now back again to the climate change workshop. Then the most important question regarding to the earth, can we Indonesian youth give a contribution to the earth, to the environment? Yes, I am sure we can do it. We can give the contribution to the earth. For instance, turn off the light, laptop, and other equipment if we do not need to use. Go to the shop by foot or bicycle if it is near. That’s just a simple thing to do, right? Look, we can do it. That’s just a small thing. But I am sure, if we do it together, it will be a big thing. It can give a big contribution to the earth.
Yeah. That’s all about climate change workshop in Bangkok. I am thinking of other things. Many scientists are thinking and experimenting about how to save the earth. Many environmental activists are doing many actions to save the earth. Now let’s ask ourselves, what we have done to give the contribution to the earth?
Well, actually there are still many things inside my head but I know it is impossible to tell everything. So, I think I’ll end up my story here. Every single thing happened and every single thing we’ve done is every single experience that we can learn.

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