THE MOVIE

The documentary film „The Kingdom of BGBJ“ takes a look behind the scenes of southeast Asia’s biggest landfill. The movie unrevieles what life is like for those living in societies leftovers. It´s also witness to, how a carefully spread seed of love is starting to grow.

In a landscape filled with hills consisting of garbage, excavators scoop mercilessly through the dirt to transform the gray mass into higher and higher mountains. An endless stream of garbage trucks supplies the dump with more trash and toxic waste. A bleak, lifeless landscape as far as the eye can see.

BGBJ


“... we run this place to motivate the children to go to school and study!“ Resa Boenard, Co-Funder of “The Kingdom of BGBJ”

BGBJ translates to “The Seeds of Bantar Gebang”. Every day, 8000 tonnes of Jakarta’s rubbish is dumped at Bantar Gebang landfill. BGBJ serves the families who make a small income from salvaging valuable materials from this waste, such as plastic, paper, metals, glass, and e-waste. BGBJ is a unique community asset functioning as both a hostel and a hub, a place that serves both visitors and the local community. 

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In order to create an intimate portrait of local circumstances, document the projects progress and preview future plans, the film team will work closely with Resa gaining important insights and supporting her in creating a greater public awareness.

We need all the help we can get to make this vision become a reality.
If you also think this project is worth supporting, check out our crowdfunding campaign here

The Kingdom of BGBJ

These children carry the laughter of youth in them and some of the happiest and joyful children and adults seem to grow in this kind of environment.

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Welcome to the Kingdom of Bantar Gebang

Home to the “Scavengers”. These people are out on the dump going through the tons of trash, looking for what can be resold or reused, making a few penny´s worth a day.

Between decaying food scraps, contaminated medical waste and an endless flood of plastic, the life of Bantar Gebang´s children takes place. 30 year´s ago this land produced fertile rice fields to provide for its people, now around 6000 family´s scavenging through this life-threatening environment, which keeps growing.

River of dreams

Children grow up in the stank and waste of Bantar Gebang. Many of them helping their parents on the dump trying to contribute a little income, while other´s have to take care of their younger siblings so that their parents can go out scavenging. Without birth certificate´s, these children won´t easily get any access to schooling. Still, these children carry the laughter of youth in them and some of the happiest and joyful children and adults seem to grow in this kind of environment. Want to take a look for yourself?

Resa grew up here

She spent most of her childhood with her parents in Bantar Gebang, where they worked as scavengers. Resa, in contrast, was very lucky to be educated and later returned to Bantar Gebang to create the Kingdom of BGBJ. Phonetically pronounced „bijibiji“, and translates to „The Seeds of Bantar Gebang“. Since then, in 2004, the project provides continuous improvement of life conditions on site.

Welcome to the Kingdom of Bantar Gebang

Home to the “Scavengers”. These people are out on the dump going through the tons of trash, looking for what can be resold or reused, making a few penny´s worth a day.

Between decaying food scraps, contaminated medical waste and an endless flood of plastic, the life of Bantar Gebang´s children takes place. 30 year´s ago this land produced fertile rice fields to provide for its people, now around 6000 family´s scavenging through this life-threatening environment, which keeps growing.

River of dreams

Children grow up in the stank and waste of Bantar Gebang. Many of them helping their parents on the dump trying to contribute a little income, while other´s have to take care of their younger siblings so that their parents can go out scavenging. Without birth certificate´s, these children won´t easily get any access to schooling. Still, these children carry the laughter of youth in them and some of the happiest and joyful children and adults seem to grow in this kind of environment. Want to take a look for yourself?

Resa grew up here

She spent most of her childhood with her parents in Bantar Gebang, where they worked as scavengers. Resa, in contrast, was very lucky to be educated and later returned to Bantar Gebang to create the Kingdom of BGBJ. Phonetically pronounced „bijibiji“, and translates to „The Seeds of Bantar Gebang“. Since then, in 2004, the project provides continuous improvement of life conditions on site.

Meet The Team

"We need all the help we can get to make this vision become reality. If you also think this project is worth supporting, check out our crowdfunding campaign."

MICHAEL HORSCHELT

Being a passionate Traveler, Michael first set his foot on the hills of Bantar Gebang in 2016 during a semester abroad. Since then, the expierences of BGBJ have left a deep impression on Michaels heart. Now, after finishing his b.a. in architecture, it’s time to do some action. He’s good on spot connection and his knowledge of people and country make him the ideal editorial manager for our production.

FLORIAN STENZEL

Florian decided to study movie directing in munich. Since then he´s been working on a few short movies and was head of production of a 30-minute live show. As Head of Production and Director, Florian takes care of the narrative and coordinates the production.

PAVEL TCHERKOVSKI

Pavel is the backbone of our team. As head of our Creative Department he brings the vision to life. The audience will benefit from his B.A. in design and his sensible eye for the artistic elements.

FELIX MARKS

Viual Storyteller and Musician based in Austria.
Felix went to filmschool with Flo. Besides shortfilms and music videos, Felix is also busy making Soundtracks and Sound-Designs for Films.

MARTIN DRENDEL

Martin and the team of 741.Studio supports BGBJ The Movie with the tools and skills necessary to create a consistent and solid online presence. Martin Drendel is a web developer and digital marketing specialist generating content to increase awareness of the project.

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