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COWBOYS IN PARADISE

Singapore, 2009 (MIFF 2010, Documentaries)

Director: Amit Virmani

The unassuming film that inflamed an internet controversy and raised the ire of Indonesian authorities.

After meeting a 12-year-old Indonesian boy who announced “When I grow up, I want to sex-service Japanese girls,” filmmaker Amit Virmani saw the makings of a greater story.

In this entertaining documentary he uncovers the phenomenon of Bali's ‘Kuta Cowboys' - the bronzed beach ambassadors who've made Bali one of the world's leading destinations for holiday romance. Interviewing the Cowboys and the visiting women taking part in these fleeting dalliances, Virmani presents a myth-shattering perspective on a tropical utopia, showing that paradise always exists elsewhere.

Virmani has weathered a wave of condemnation in the wake of the online release of the film's trailer, with Bali locals fearful it would tarnish the island's reputation, as well as those of the interviewees.

D Amit Virmani P Amit Virmani, Seah Kui Luan WS Coup Communications L English, Bahasa Indonesia w/English subtitles TD HDCAM/2009

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