Proceedings of the 1st International Seminar on Cultural Sciences, ISCS 2020, 4 November 2020, Malang, Indonesia

Research Article

Environmental Exploitation in Sexy Killers: Narrative Analysis and Ecocriticism Perspectives

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  • @INPROCEEDINGS{10.4108/eai.4-11-2020.2308914,
        author={Yusri  Fajar and John Charles Ryan},
        title={Environmental Exploitation in Sexy Killers:         Narrative Analysis and Ecocriticism Perspectives},
        proceedings={Proceedings of the 1st International Seminar on Cultural Sciences, ISCS 2020, 4 November 2020, Malang, Indonesia},
        publisher={EAI},
        proceedings_a={ISCS},
        year={2021},
        month={6},
        keywords={ecocriticism eco cinema documentary film nature exploitation narrative analysis},
        doi={10.4108/eai.4-11-2020.2308914}
    }
    
  • Yusri Fajar
    John Charles Ryan
    Year: 2021
    Environmental Exploitation in Sexy Killers: Narrative Analysis and Ecocriticism Perspectives
    ISCS
    EAI
    DOI: 10.4108/eai.4-11-2020.2308914
Yusri Fajar1,*, John Charles Ryan2
  • 1: Universitas Brawijaya, Indonesia
  • 2: Southern Cross University, Australia
*Contact email: yusri_fajar@ub.ac.id

Abstract

This paper scrutinizes the narrative technique of the eco cinema Sexy Killers by Dandhy Laksono in depicting the exploitation of nature in Indonesia and its impacts. Moreover, it also examines the relationship between human beings, including capitalists, low-class people, and the environment. The results show that Sexy Killer presented nature exploitation by constructing a plot which vividly reveals cause and effect. The arrangement of the storyline follows Dandhy Laksono's journey from Jakarta to Kalimantan, then back to Java, and Bali to see the phenomenon of coal mining and its nexus with the development of electric steam power plant companies. Interweaving with the relationship between human beings and nature, Sexy Killers, on the one hand, portrays people, such as farmers and fishers, who live in harmony with nature. They use the land to grow crops and water sources for their livelihood. On the other hand, the film also profoundly depicts people who damage nature through coal mining for the sake of their profit. This contrast highlights the cause-and-effect plot showing how coal mining and the development of electric steam power plant companies bring about environmental degradation.