Onomastika (2014)

Fiction | 15 min | 2014 | Indonesia
Dir/Writer: Loeloe Hendra

A nameless child lives with his grandfather who has many names.
What’s in a name? that which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet;
William Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet Act II Scene II.
Onomastika is an Indonesian word derived from Greek όνομα (onoma) it refers to studies of names and its origins. A befitting title for this film, a thoughtful exploration of identity, or lack thereof, through names. Would a person identity need to be simplified and represented into something as simple like a name? Or has a name own such powers to become a representation of something that otherwise might as well not exist in life anymore.
I had the weirdest dejavu when i’m watching Onomastika. I felt like i’ve seen it before. But i just can’t put my finger on it.

Onomastika received special mention from the Official Jury for the Short Fiction category of XXI Short Film Festival 2015.


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