It’s the 1920’s, Surabaya, a young boy named Soekarno is living at the house of HOS Cokroaminoto. Under the wings of Cokroaminoto, Soekarno begins to learn the art of capturing people’s heart. It’s the people that becomes the inspiration for Soekarno to stand up and fight against the oppression of the ruling nation. His wish is to see Indonesians unite and Independent.
His battle against the Dutch and Japanese conquerors makes his life a living hell. He has to go through different prison systems, being out-casted and has to live in horrible conditions. During his years in Bengkulu, he meets Fatmawati, his love for Fatmawati adds another burden on his shoulders, as he also has to deal with the politics and the fight for independence.
Soekarno finally earns independence for the Indonesian people through his intellect and hard-work, as the Japanese are thrown into their own turmoil at the end of World War 2 with the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. All these chain of events leads up to the defining moment and mark the date in which Soekarno declares the Independence of Indonesia and its people, on the 17th of August, 1945.
Best Film – Festival Film Bandung
Best Supporting Actress- Festival Film Bandung
Best Art Director- Festival Film Bandung
Best Wardrobe- Festival Film Bandung
Best Art Director – Film Festival Indonesia
Best Editor – Film Festival Indonesia