When ten-year-old orphan Salawaku embarks on a journey to find his missing sister Binaiya, he does so unaware of the fact that she does not actually want to be found. During his adventure across the beautiful Moluccan Seram Island he encounters a different woman who purposefully left her life behind. He meets Sara on a remote part of the isle and learns that she’s saddened by her recent breakup. Illuminated by the scorching Indonesian sun, the unlikely duo decide to team up, perhaps driven by the unconscious desire to not just find Salawaku’s lost sister, but also their purpose on this earth.
“SALAWAKU takes you on a journey that was never meant to happen. It did happen though and the consequences of that journey are immense. This is an untypical road movie that shows Indonesia like you’ve never seen before.” – Ari Purnama, CinemAsia programmer