‘Bank of The River feat. Elda Suryani’, Mantra Vutura’s debut Music Video

Posted on Fri, 08 Nov 2019

Mantra Vutura returns with the music video of their single ‘Bank of The River’ feat. Elda Suryani, just after releasing their debut album, ‘Human’.


The album, ‘Human’ was released by Mantra Vutura on October 25, 2019. The electronic music duo admits to exploring and experimenting into various styles in the album, as they collaborated with 5 well-acclaimed singer-songwriters. Two weeks into releasing this debut album, Mantra Vutura has now released the music video of their single ‘Bank of The River feat. Elda Suryani’ collaborating with directors Rizky Rahad and Agung Pambudi.

Mantra Vutura grew the album ‘Human’ with the kindest intention of channeling positivity through their inspiration from the Seven Virtues. The single ‘Bank of The River’ is meant to represent the virtue of Chastity, and from the start they have always wanted the single to be fight against children assault. Elda Suryani’s captured this with beautifully written lyrics, where she paints a story of a survivor’s journey into recovery.


Mantra Vutura reached out to directors Rizky Rahad and Agung Pambudi to visualize the very track. ‘When I heard Mbak Elda’s lyrics, I instantly imagined a landscape with dreamy sceneries, so NTT (East Nusa Tenggara) and its grand and surreal scenery felt like the natural choice to articulate the track’s concept.” Agung Pambudi revealed. The music video was shot on location in Kupang where the two directors collaborated with Komunitas Film Kupang, Save The Children, and Rumah Perempuan Kupang. They took on the method of community filmmaking, one that Rizky Rahad has been developing in his works in VICE Indonesia. “It’s a method I’m passionate about, it gives special attention to the process of filmmaking itself and attempts to blur the distinction between “film” and “reality,” between “filmmakers” and “subjects,” or between “directors” and “runners.” he states.


For the story and concept, both directors were inspired by ‘Walkabout’ ritual in Australian Aboriginal Society, where men undergo a journey during adolescence and live in the wilderness for a period as long as six months to make the spiritual and traditional transition into manhood. “This video takes the essence of the ritual as the overarching concept to articulate a child sexual abuse victims’ spiritual journey to overcome their traumas and transform from the “victim” into the “hero” of their own life.” Rizky Rahad explains.


“Based on data from Save The Children, East Nusa Tenggara is a region with one of the highest number of child abuse cases in Indonesia. But its also a region that recently hosted the biggest conference for the eradication of sexual violence amongst Eastern Indonesian women, called “Konferensi Perempuan Timur,” showing a collective effort amongst the people of NTT to end this notorious cycle.” Rizky Rahad states. It further emphasizes the need for the video to be in its exact setting, on top of it being the scenic illustration of Elda’s lyrics.

All involved in this music video hopes that their message ‘End The Cycle’ reaches out to the viewers and that it could be their contribution to ending the cycle itself.

Bank of The River is now available on Mantra Vutura’s YouTube channel as of November 8, 2019.