Scene from the film The Mangoes
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The Mangoes

  • Indonesia
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When Muhamad Zein Pundagau becomes a transvestite and changes his name to Renita, his traditional family forces him out of their home. His decision is unacceptable to his father, a religious teacher and leader. Renita has to rely on a meager income as a beauty salon employee and sometime prostitute, but his colourful and candid personality make him indomitable. After 25 years in Jakarta he decides to return to his home village to seek his parents’ forgiveness.


  • Original Title
    The Mangoes
  • Direction
  • Cinematography
    Tonny Trimarsanto
  • Editing
    Tonny Trimarsanto
  • Sound
    Tonny Trimarsanto
  • Runtime
    97 min (91+ min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • Indonesia
  • Format
    • Colour
  • Festivals
    • IDFA is powered by Doc Alliance, a creative partnership of 7 key European documentary film festivals. Our aim is to advance the documentary genre, support its diversity and promote quality creative documentary films.

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