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The Australian government and Indonesian movie makers have collaborated in releasing a docudrama, a half documentary and a half fiction drama, about mothers and babies' health awareness, which is titled "Inerie, Beautiful Mama."

"This movie was made in order to raise the awareness of mothers and babies' health in rural areas of Eastern Indonesia," announced the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade's Director of Health Unit, John Leigh, at a press conference after "Inerie, Beautiful Mama" screening here, on Tuesday.

Leigh noted the importance of group working in raising awareness of mothers and babies' health in rural areas, which most of the time are hampered by cultural and traditional beliefs.

Through a docudrama, Australia has aimed at supporting Indonesian government to cross the cultural boundaries, as a visual campaign was expected to make the awareness program more understandable and interesting.

"We need to collaborate in order to save mothers and babies to avoid unnecessary deaths during delivery," Leigh noted.

The movie screening of "Inerie, Beautiful Mama" was held at the Usmar Ismail Film Center, which was attended by some of the movie makers, such as its producer, director, and heroine.

The producer, Lola Amaria, said her team had taken efforts in making a docudrama, which was not only aimed at sending a message of mothers and babies' health, but also has captured the beauty of Eastern Indonesia.

"It will have been such a waste if we had concentrated only on the theme of the docudrama. In fact, we came to such a beautiful place in Flores, East Nusa Tenggara," she noted.

The "Inerie, Beautiful Mama" was directed by Chairunnisa, who said that was her first docudrama, and was starred by lead actress Maryam Supraba as Bella, the only professional actress in the movie.

"The other actors and actresses are the local people, but we are grateful they could play their roles during a three-week film shooting," remarked Chairunnisa.

The movie narrated the story of a 27-year-old Bella, a pregnant mother, at Tolalela village in Flores, East Nusa Tenggara, who takes care of the whole family and keeps working in the farm despite being pregnant for seventh months.

Instead of visiting the health centers, Bella and other women in Tolalela traditionally gave birth to their babies in the village with help from local midwives. Bella herself had lost her second baby during the delivery.

Without realizing her sickness was due to traditional delivery practices, Bela is reluctant to visit the health center as it was located far from her village and she was also wary of the cost.

Finally, her twin brother, Bello, gathers support from the villagers and brings Bella to receive proper health services to save her baby and her own life.

"I do hope the message will reach the audiences. And anyway, Inerie was taken from a mountain name in Ngada District, which is very beautiful," Lola added.

As a noncommercial movie, the film will be screened in ten districts of East Nusa Tenggara, including Ngada District, where the film was shot.


This article is published in, Tue, June 24 2014 here

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