The Masked Monkeys

The Masked Monkeys

Anja Dornieden and Juan David González Monroy


The masked arts of Indonesia are thousands of years old. It is believed that they originated from tribal death rites, where masked dancers were considered the interpreters of the gods. In the lowest rungs of Javanese society a unique manifestation of these masked traditions can be found. Its practitioners are performers, but they are not merely entertainers. Their aim is not simply to amuse. Their ambition is to be respected, to be honored, to be successful. They have embarked on a path they know will lead to a higher state, to an honorable and noble position.

Film Series Kaleidoscorpse

Awards for ›The Masked Monkeys‹
Age d’Or Prize – L’Age d’Or Experimental Film Festival 2016 | Best Educational Film – Chicago Unterground Film Festival 206 | No Budget Film Award – Internationales Kurzfilmfestival Hamburg 2016 | Special Jury Prize – Festival du Cinema de Brive 2016

Director / Script / Cinematography / Editing

Anja Dornieden, Juan David González Monroy


Christian Obermaier

Production / Contact


Anja Dornieden and Juan David González Monroy

Anja Dornieden and Juan David González Monroy are filmmakers based in Berlin. They work together under the moniker OJOBOCA. Together they practice Horrorism, a simulated method of inner and outer transformation. They are currently members of the artist-run film lab LaborBerlin.