One issue women constantly face is the size of their bodies. Sara and her friends are experiencing it also. How are they dealing with it?
This 14-minute work titled 'Yup, It’s My Body', explored the issue that women face constantly with their body sizes and how they deal with it. Kiki said, “I want people, especially women to stop bothering about their size and start enjoying their bodies irrespective. They shouldn’t worry about either being too thin or too fat; people should feel comfortable in their skin.”
I've recorded the moments in this movie when I had to leave my boarding house, the place where I used to live in past three years with other college girls, in Jember, East Java. For about three years I lived together with them, observed my friends' habits. One the rituals was to maintain skinny bodies so they can get lovers. Sara, the main character in this film, is one of the members of my peer group in that boarding house. She always tried to loose weight. She was overweight and was always compared with me, the one who had the skinniest body in our peer group.
Her struggle was a difficult one as it became a conflict within herself, with her family and lover.
In my peer group, there was a friend who only ate fruits everyday, went to the fitness centre or consumed diet pills. I tried to learn their reasons for doing these kinds of activities, and I even tried to do their 'effort' program, only just to feel what they felt. I sometimes put my camera close to us, in a room, in the tv room, and let it recorded the things we did together everyday.
When I made this documentary, it also became a kind of "diary". I do realise that the moments in this film are ordinary, they may have been experienced by other people. But yet, I still recorded them as a memorabilia that we can always look back whenever we want, to be a lesson that we can learn to always have self-confidence and courage in making the statement: "yup, it's (this is) my body".
Production: In-Docs (2009/2010)
Producer: Agung Sentausa
Camera: Kiki Febriyanti and Fiqih Maulana Yusuf
Editor: Fiqih Maulana Yusuf
Director: Kiki Febriyanti
Honors and Awards:
Official selection at the 2012 IAWRT 8th Asian Women’s Film Festival in New Delhi, India for YUP,IT’S MY BODY!
Official selection at the 2012 2nd Asian Women’s Film Festival held by Pondicherry University, India for YUP,IT’S MY BODY!
Best Documentary at the 2010 PsychoCinema Festival held by Atmajaya University, Jakarta, Indonesia for YUP,IT’S MY BODY!
Most Favorite Movie at the 2010 PsychoCinema Festival held by Atmajaya University, Jakarta, Indonesia for YUP,IT’S MY BODY!