Tracking, catching and training exotic birds from deep in the Indonesian jungle is lucrative business for young Indonesian entrepreneurs. That is, if the birds’ new owners can make a good showing at local bird singing competitions and successfully sell them to the highest bidder. Birds are treated like royalty. They are their owners’ ticket to a better life. Agok is new to the business. He follows the lead of his mentor Edi navigating the tricky process of procuring and training the right bird for this competitive and unusual sport. But training birds is not easy and takes considerable time. Edi takes Agok under his wing to enable him a better chance at fulfilling his dream.
Wisnu Surya Pratama
He is a filmmaker from Banyuwangi, East Java. In 1996, at the age of 18, he moved to Jakarta to study Dutch Literature in Universitas Indonesia and finished his bachelor degree in 2001. He became a travel journalist writing in tabloid, Indonesia Travel Tribune and a website Goindo.com until 2003. He wrote in a feminist journal, Jurnal Perempuan, as a freelance writer and researcher from 2003 to 2005. Meanwhile he also became one of the board of directors of Yayasan Konfiden, a NGO that regularly held Indonesian Independent Short Film Festivals from 1999 to 2008. His film works have screened at international film festivals in Pusan, Rotterdam and Hong Kong.