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Film Showing: “Standing on the Edge of a Thorn”
March 15, 2019 @ 6:00 pm
Standing on the Edge of a Thorn is the story of a family grappling with poverty, mental illness, and the sex trade. The film will be followed by a conversation with the filmmaker, Dr. Robert Lemelson.
Shot over the course of 12 years, Standing on the Edge of a Thorn explores the rural origins of the Indonesian sex trade. The film is narrated by Lisa Ariyani, the daughter of Imam Rohani—a retired civil servant struggling with a mental disorder—and Tri Suryani, an unwed pregnant teenager. Trapped by traditional values that stigmatize their relationship, Tri is eventually led into a life of prostitution and violence. It is against this unstable family backdrop that Lisa matures into a young woman and the film documents her struggle to understand her parents’ predicaments while she herself is being drawn into the sex trade. (34 min)