Old Shoes for Mother: An inspiring life story that motivates great success


Marshal Hadi Tjahjanto during the meeting with Eddy Suprapto, Ody Mulya Hidayat, Imran Hasibuan and Heru Hendratmoko

Marshal Hadi Tjahjanto during the meeting with Eddy Suprapto, Ody Mulya Hidayat, Imran Hasibuan and Heru Hendratmoko

Jakarta: A bitter life experience could actually be a whip for success, Indonesian Military (TNI) Commander Air Chief Marshal Hadi Tjahjanto said as he attended a meeting with the production team of the film “Old Shoes for Mothers”.

“In the course of my own life, 99 percent is a process, and success is only 1 percent,” he said in a press statement. Furthermore, he provided an interesting and inspiring account of the ups and downs of his life struggles during his childhood to become an Akabri cadet.

The meeting which lasted about an hour included Eddy Suprapto, biographer of Marshal Hadi Tjahjanto, Ody Mulya Hidayat, Max Pictures executive producer, and other film activists Imran Hasibuan and Heru Hendratmoko.

“The struggle in the life of a human child and human-interest aspects are always interesting enough to be taken to the big screen. Therefore, we are interested in lifting the struggle of life of Mr. Hadi to the film, so that it becomes an inspiration to the militarized circles,” said Ody Mulya.

The life struggle of Marshal Tjahyanto, who came from a very modest family in Malang, to reach the top position in the TNI, has been depicted in the book “Sergeant Children Become Marshal” by Eddy Suprapto.

The inspirational stories that had been experienced by Tjahjanto in his childhood to adolescence will be portrayed in the film “Old Shoes for Mothers”.

During the meeting, the TNI Commander approved the planned film production. According to Ody Mulya, the film “Old Shoes for Mothers” is the genre of drama-inspiration. “We will do the immediate preparations by writing a scenario adapted from Mr. Hadi’s biography. God willing, next year the film will be released,” said Ody Mulya, who was successful with the film Dilan.

As a Tidar Valley dropout soldier, Tjahjanto was not hard-hit by military training, as since his childhood he has been forged in the hardships of life.

“Since childhood, teenagers in Malang have done various jobs: starting from picking up the rest of the corn harvest, making donuts, selling crackers, to becoming caddy on the golf course,” recalled Eddy, who was also a high school friend.


According to Eddy, “When he became an Akabri cadet, Mas Hadi actively collected shoes from former soldiers and cadets, then brought them every time home to Malang to be sold to carpenters. The money collected from the sale of the shoes was then used to buy his family’s rice”.

The spirit of unyielding life, willing to live the life process to achieve success, is now transmitted by Marshal Tjahjanto to the world of education in the Solo Pradita Dirgantara High School, which he launched a few years ago.


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