Screening of JALANAN

Wednesday, November 2, 2016
6:30PM – 8:30PM

Yale Law School (127 Wall Street) SLB 127

Open To The Public


The Visual Law Project is delighted to screen the award-winning Indonesian musical documentary JALANAN, hosted by JALANAN producer/director Daniel Ziv (Yale World Fellow 2016) who will talk about the idea and messages behind the film, and its unique social & political resonance. The screening will be followed by a Q&A.

JALANAN (“Streetside”) tells the captivating story of three gifted, charismatic street musicians in Jakarta over a tumultuous five-year period in their own lives and that of Indonesia. The film follows the young marginalized musicians and their never before seen sub-culture, while also painting a striking, moody and intimate portrait of Indonesia’s frenzied capital city. Using the powerful soundtrack of the musicians’ original compositions to drive the film, it traces their elusive quest for identity and love in the day-to-day of a city overrun by the effects of globalization and corruption.

JALANAN has screened at 63 international film festivals in 30 countries and has won 12 international awards, including Best Documentary at the Busan International Film Festival & the People’s Choice award at the Melbourne International Film Festival. To view the trailer and read more about ‘JALANAN’, please go to:

“There is a rare magic in Daniel Ziv’s exquisite JALANAN, at once warm and strange. This perfectly structured study of three characters, all struggling to find freedom despite enormous social pressure and painful personal circumstances, reminds me of everything i love and deplore about our fragile humanity and about Indonesia. Each protagonist is funny, eccentric, and wonderfully open. Daniel treats their search for meaning with a genuine and infections of love.”
– Joshua Oppenheimer (director, ‘The Act of Killing’)

Daniel Ziv is a documentary filmmaker, author and political commentator based in Bali, Indonesia. A native of Canada, Daniel moved to Jakarta in 1999 and spent a decade documenting urban life in Indonesia’s bustling capital city as a writer, magazine editor and filmmaker. His debut feature-length documentary, JALANAN, is a gritty, intimate portrait of Indonesia seen through the eyes of three Jakarta street musicians.

Daniel founded and edited the popular, irreverent monthly magazine, Djakarta!, and is author of the urban pop culture book ‘Jakarta Inside Out’, an Asian bestseller, and its follow-up volume, ‘Bangkok Inside Out’. He also spent a number of years working for international humanitarian aid and development agencies, including UNICEF, USAID and UN-OCHA. Daniel holds an MA in Southeast Asian Studies from the University of London, and is fluent in Indonesian. He is a 2016 Yale World Fellow.