Yuni (2021)

Yuni (2021)

A powerful drama depicting a coming-of-age journey strangled by societal oppression

7.7

Movie

France, Indonesia
Indonesian, Sundanese
Drama
2021
FEMALE DIRECTOR, KAMILA ANDINI
Anne Yasmine, Arawinda Kirana, Asmara Abigail
95 min

TLDR

Someday, somehow, Yuni’s story wouldn’t be a possibility for girls around the world. But until that day, I hope more filmmakers would dare to be as honest and thoughtful as Kamila Andini in depicting this issue.

What it's about

Wanting to attend university, Indonesian student Yuni rejects a marriage proposal in her last year of high school, which triggers concern from her community that she will never marry.

The take

Education is a human right, but for many girls around the world, this isn’t necessarily guaranteed– especially if they want to learn past the required years of basic education. Yuni is a coming-of-age drama that depicts a girl in West Java, Indonesia who wants to go to university, but due to the marriage and virginity culture in the area, her main problem isn’t having to pass the entrance exams, or figuring out how to get financial aid. Instead, it’s having to fend off marriage proposals that clearly don’t come from a place of love. Writer-director Kamila Andini depicts the titular protagonist with the freedoms rarely granted to a girl like her, with the happiness and belonging all girls should be able to find solace in, but she also depicts the casual ways oppression lingers in the background, with society just waiting to kill women’s dreams, hopes, and personal goals. Yuni is an honest and powerful portrait of many women around the globe.

What stands out

Kamila Andini’s raw direction and writing is so straight to the point that even girls in other cultures that don’t deal with child marriage can still find themselves in the film.

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