The strange chain of events that led us to the opportunity in making this film was out of pure luck and serendipity. We were just young and foolish college students when we heard there was a video competition about documenting GWK. We thought and daydreamed about how cool it was if we won the competition and got the chance to shoot GWK construction in Bali. We would be flying back and forth from Bandung to Bali and living a life to be bragged about. It was all fun and giggles until we submitted our video at the very last minute. We won.
We started out only documenting the statue-making process with our wacky imaginations thanks to newly born technology of DSLRs and mirrorless cameras to create flashy visuals. But eventually we were drawn into the undeniable presence of Nyoman Nuarta as the artist himself, as sometimes he would invite us to family dinners, praying trips, and other important events. We realized, GWK was only a byproduct of Nyoman Nuarta’s childhood dream. With luck, we stumbled upon a story no one had ever heard.
At first, Nyoman casted a giant shadow that draws admiration, but as we peel off his layers, we have a rare chance to see him as an ordinary man with dreams, flaws, and heartbreaks, accompanied by a family that loves him for better or worse. We want to demystify the mirage of Nyoman Nuarta as an artist that created one of the biggest statues in the world and make everybody realize he is only human, just as much as everybody else. And if someone like Nyoman dared to dream big, all of us can. In a time when the pursuit of instant gratification is the rule, we would like to showcase that no dreams are achieved without long-enduring hard work and sacrifice.