We are proud to present to you a stunning short film about our foundation. It is our story through the eyes of director Stefan Da Costa Gomez and producer Marieke Prette. The 15-minute documentary video tells the story about how the T-shirts are being designed and explains Face This’ main source of inspiration: ‘gotong royong’, an Indonesian tradition about mutual aid and working together. And for this short film we literaly worked together with Dutch stand up comedian Jan Jaap van der Wal and actors like Isa Hoes and Daniel Boissevain. We are also very proud bands like alt-J, Kensington, Radical Face and Milkbar donated some of their tracks to our film.
So please have a look at our story so far. And please keep in mind YOU are able to take our story to the next level. Together we can do so much….
Indie band alt-J have donated the use of two tracks to the Dutch based ‘Face This Foundation’. The two tracks, ‘Intro’ and ‘(Interlude 2)’, are used in a short documentary explaining the work of the charity. ‘Face This’ sells T-shirts designed and inspired by the drawings made by Indonesian school kids. All profits from the T-shirt sales are then used to improve the marginalized schools of these kids. The 15-minute documentary video tells the story about how the T-shirts are being designed and explains Face This’ main source of inspiration: ‘gotong royong’, an Indonesian tradition about mutual aid and working together.
For the past five years Face This sold their tees only to Dutch tee lovers. With its latest collection Face This reaches out to ethically conscious fashion lovers from around the world who can help support Indonesian education by buying a T-shirt from their webshop. “Our short film tells our story for an international audience and we are proud the British band alt-J have supported us in donating the use of two songs from their debut album ‘An Awesome Wave’”, says Jos van der Hoek, co-founder of the Face This Foundation.
The short film ‘Togetherness Starts With a Tee’ is a creation of director and Face This board member Stefan Da Costa Gomez and celebrates Face This’ five-year anniversary. In February 2013 Da Costa Gomez and producer Marieke Prette visited Indonesian school projects of Face This for the documentary. The film shows the kids of a school in Bogor making their drawings that are then used by talented Dutch designers to create awesome T-shirt designs from the kids’ designs.
‘Togetherness Starts With a Tee’ is an ode to the beautiful Indonesian ‘gotong royong’ spirit. This ancient Indonesian tradition is about mutual aid and was demonstrated in Lombok by the parents of the school kids who helped to build extra classrooms for the school. Since then the ‘gotong royong’ way of life is translated to the Face This philosophy as much as possible. “Whether you’re a member of alt-J, an Indonesian school kid, or someone who likes cool tees: everybody can do his ‘gotong royong part’ to change the world,” says Da Costa Gomez.