Where Heaven Meets Hell
Boston Premiere: Thursday, March 28, 2013 at 7 p.m. – Filmmaker Q&A Follows Free Screening
Deep in the rain forests of Eastern Java, Indonesia, lies the active volcano, Kawah Ijen, where 500 sulfur miners carrying backbreaking loads, traverse treacherous terrain amidst spectacular vistas and toxic gases. Where Heaven Meets Hell relays the stories of four of these miners, who risk their lives and health daily in an industry we rely on for sugar, matches and cosmetics. This visually stunning and intimate film chronicles their attempts to escape the endemic poverty and lack of education that haunts their community. Drawing strength from their families and Muslim faith, these miners inspire us as they search for meaning in their daily struggles and triumphs.
Sasha Friedlander is based in Brooklyn, New York. She completed her BA from UCLA and received her MFA in social documentary film from the School of Visual Arts in New York. Sasha received a Darmasiswa Fellowship to study at the Indonesian Art Institute in Bali. While in Indonesia, Sasha began an internship at Bali TV, and because of her fluency in the Indonesian language, was asked to join a team of journalists from the BBC and the Bali Post to launch the first edition of the International Bali Post. Inspired by a brief trip she took to Kawah Ijen crater in East Java, she later returned to Indonesia to produce Where Heaven Meets Hell, her first feature documentary film, which was selected for funding and co-production by ITVS and has since won numerous awards.