Jermal

Synopsis

After his mother’s death, Jaya (12) is sent to his father, Johar, who works as a supervisor on a jermal (a fishing platform perched on log stilts in the middle of the sea). Johar is shocked, never knowing he has a son, rejects the boy as his kin. Faced with constant rejection from his father and relentless bullying by the other boys who work on the jermal, Jaya increasingly becomes like the other boys: a tough, rough survivor; while Johar is forced to gradually face and accept his past. Eventually, both Johar and Jaya learn that they are bound by their past, united by the space in which they move, and connected by the inescapable truth.

In the beginning, they meet as strangers; in the end, they leave as father and son.

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