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Marvel - A Jakarta Boy

Fourteen-year-old Marvel comes from a migrant Minangkabau family, who are seeking a new way of life in the busy city of Jakarta.
Series : Our Asian Neighbours - Indonesia | Episode : 6 | Year : 1975 | Total Duration : 17 Minutes | Producer : John Morris
Director : Keith Gow |
Zoom into graphic map of Indonesia and Australia to Jakarta. High angle WS over central Jakarta Traffic Circle and VS of traffic. VS street scenes and GS trains coming into stations with people also travelling on outside of carriages. GS buses arriving in city. VS commuters alighting from transport and getting their luggage including monkeys from top of bus. GS beggar sitting on train platform. High angle tilt from traffic on busy road past buildings to mass of red roofed houses. GS Jakartan boy Marvel Manan standing by busy road holding tray of rice cakes. CU to his face. MS Marvel talking to his father and VS of his sisters in traditional Islamic white head scarves (hijab).
Access No. 142021 | 2 mins 29 secs | 1970s | Jakarta, Indonesia | © NFSA | Colour |
Good MS of three small muslim sisters in hijab head scarves at religious classes with female teacher. WS of the girls leaving their classes carrying suitcases. GS cats, chickens and goats scavenging in garbage as the three girls walk past. GS village streets and GS Marvel and his father walking with roll of cloth over father's shoulder towards camera. GS large cooking pots against brick wall and GS Marvel preparing rice cakes with woman nearby. CU to cakes wrapped on green bundles on plate and MS of Marvel. WS Marvel leaving house with plate of rice cakes and GS walking through village streets and WS over footbridge. MS greeting acquaintances as he walks.
Access No. 142022 | 5 mins 18 secs | 1970s | Jakarta, Indonesia | © NFSA | Colour |
VS crowded markets and VS man dealing with fabric seller at stall. GS Marvel walking through city street carrying plate of rice cakes and high angle shot over him walking along median strip and crossing road. Zoom out to show his location near the Jakarta Traffic Circle in the centre of the city with cars travelling around landmark. VS men looking at fabric samples and haggling with stall owner. High angle shot over Marvel walking past parked cars and selling rice cakes to driver of one. MS man in car parked next to taxi choosing rice cakes from plate and paying Marvel. MS man in car unwrapping rice cake from leaf wrapper and eating it. MS man cleaning car buying several rice cakes from Marvel. Track following fabric seller through markets and haggling with another seller.
Access No. 142023 | 3 mins 12 secs | 1970s | Jakarta, Indonesia | © NFSA | Colour |
Tilt down high-rise Nusantara Building with Marvel walking past parked cars carrying tray of rice cakes. GS Marvel cross at zebra crossing and being stopped by man who buys rice cake. MS teacher standing in classroom singing. Pan to young girls in hijab head scarves sitting in rows at bench desks joining in. GS street scene with crowds walking along footpath. VS woman bartering with man at street stall who bundles goods up for her. WS bellhop signalling car and helping women into cars. GS men sitting around parked cars buying rice cakes from Marvel. VS bellhop and uniformed man assisting people in and out of cabs and cars. MS Marvel selling the last of his rice cakes to couple in car shot from inside car. MS man calling Marvel back for tip.
Access No. 142024 | 2 mins 38 secs | 1970s | Jakarta, Indonesia | © NFSA | Colour |
WS of Marvel walking along street carrying empty plate with traffic in background. GS fabric buyer examining roll of fabric from seller at stall. VS seller writing out ticket and buyer handing over money. GS family sitting on floor with meal. Marvel joins them, hands over his earnings and has conversation with woman who hands him back a banknote. CU to Marvel's feet stepping out of thongs and VS of him in cap commencing prayer routine and bowing on floor. WS of village street with GS of Marvel leaving house. GS boys playing in stream. MS Marvel sitting at desk in classroom and GS female teacher at front of class. CU Marvel's face as he responds to teacher. VS family sitting in darkened room watching and listening to television program in English.
Access No. 142025 | 3 mins 14 secs | 1970s | Jakarta, Indonesia | © NFSA | Colour |
GS Marvel stacking rice cakes onto plate quietly chatting to woman wrapping rice next to him as they work. GS family watching English language show on television in darkened room. CU sleeping baby. MS faces of small boy and mother. MS Marvel walking through village street at night carrying tray of rice cakes. WS Marvel in front of parked cars on city street with hotel in background lit up at night.
Access No. 142026 | 1 min 45 secs | 1970s | Jakarta, Indonesia | © NFSA | Colour |