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3 DAYS TO FOREVER (Riri Riza, 2006)
"Holds up Indonesia like a jewel to the light, examining it for its beauty and flaws, and its mostly non-judgemental eye recalls the less paranoid moments of Easy Rider and its snapshots of 60s Ameri… Read more

AND THE MOON DANCES (Garin Nugroho, 1995)
... ... A young boy, full of fear and fascination, covertly watches as his mother performs for an unseen admirer A shot is fired and lives are scarred. Awesome in its intensely erotic, seductive grac… Read more

ATAMBUA 39 CELSIUS (Riri Riza, 2012)
"Wonderfully captures nature's harsh beauty and provides a window into the colorful tumult of life in a part of Indonesia that's often overlooked." - Hollywood Reporter ... East Timorese refugees liv… Read more

ATHEIST (Sjuman Djaya, 1974)
This remarkable film (made in 1974 by one of Indonesia's most talented directors. Sjuman DJayal may have become a lost film if there had not been a project mounted to make internegatives and new copi… Read more

BITTER COFFEE (Teguh Karya, 1985)
BTTER COFFEE is a recent work by Indonesia's foremost contemporary director Teguh Karya. Teguh Karya has made some 12 films, and is co-founder and leader of the Jakarta based film production collecti… Read more

A former badminton champion, a tormented young boy, a girl who eats firecrackers and a cheesy 80s pop song you can't get out of your head. ... Captivating in its array of characters and their circums… Read more

ELIANA, ELIANA (Riri Riza, 2002)
Eliana has just been sacked from her dreary department store job for kicking a customer in the crotch. Needing the support and comfort of her flatmate, Heni, Eliana returns home only to find her miss… Read more

EXALTED GUEST (Usmar Ismail, 1955)
... ... Filmed on location in East Java in 1955, Tamu Agung is about the visit of a dignitary from Jakarta to an isolated rural village. The dignitary fails to come and in the atmosphere of height&sh… Read more

GIE (Riri Riza, 2005)
“One of the most ambitious films ever made in Indonesia.” - Rotterdam International Film Festival Low in budget but epic in nature, significance and scale, Riri Riza's Gie is a chronological biog… Read more

Heaven For Insanity- BETWEEN THE WALLS (Dria Soetomo, Leonard Retel Helmrich, 2008)
An Indonesian institution for the ‘mentally disturbed' is a distressing world of squalor, screams and an unexpected cure. ... Not in competition ... --- D/S Dria Soetomo, Leonard Retel Helmrich P O… Read more

IBUNDA (Teguh Karya, 1986)
'Mother, ... The book that you have already read, ... I now begin to read ... Newly, on the first page ' ... (epigraph to Ibunda from a poem by Rik A. Sakri) ... Ibunda [Mother] is the most recent fi… Read more

JERMAL (Ravi Bharwani, 2008)
A young boy learns self-reliance in this extraordinary story filmed in a unique location - at sea, amid the platform-fishermen of Indonesia. ... Following his mother's death, 12-year-old Jaya is sent… Read more

LEAF ON A PILLOW (Garin Nugroho, 1998)
Leaf on a Pillow depicts the rough and tumble daily life of three young homeless kids on the streets of Yogyakarta. During the day they scrounge a living in the crowded, nar­row streets of the ma… Read more

LETTERS FOR AN ANGEL (Garin Nugroho, )
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LETTERS FOR AN ANGEL (Garin Nugroho, 1993)
Garin Nugroho's evocative feature, Letters For An Angel, was shot on Sumba, one of the chain of islands in the Nusa Tenggara group, stretching from Bali to Timor. The film mixes documentary and ficti… Read more

LOVE ON A SLICE OF BREAD (Garin Nugroho, 1991)
... ... Garin Nugroho's directorial debut, Love on a Slice of Bread, is one of the most unusual films ever made in Indonesia; a modem love story which has a new psychological complexi­ty for Indo… Read more

MAX HAVELAAR (Fons Rademakers, 1976)
Eduard Douwes Dekker, the author of 'Max Havelaar', which was published in 1860, was an official in Java during the colonial period of the Dutch East Indies His efforts to expose corruption and colon… Read more

MEMENTOS (Teguh Karya, 1985)
Beautifully designed and photographed, with exquisite use of colour, this stylish and atmospheric film is set in West Java in the early 1930s at a time of particularly right-wing and repressive Dutch… Read more

Meta-Ecology (Sardono Kumoso, Gotot Prakosa, 1983)
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Meta-Ekologi (Gotot Prakosa, 1979)
This remarkable film, an early work by Gotot Prakosa, and now becoming recog­nised as an Asian classic in avant garde perfor­mance cinema, is based on a famous performance developed by Sardon… Read more

Mirage (part of SOUTHERN WINDS) (Slamet Rahardjo Djarot, 1992)
Encouraged by letters promising good earnings in Djakarta a young woman sets out by train for the capital. She finds the inhuman reality of city life a bittersweet experience. Djakarta has ruined man… Read more

MY SKY, MY HOME (Slamet Rahardjo Djarot, 1990)
My Sky, My Home is a gentle, thoughtful, humorous film made deliberately to be suitable for adults and for children, and succeeds in doing this. Why then should this film - suitable even for children… Read more

NOVEMBER 1828 (Teguh Karya, 1980)
First shown abroad at the London Film Festival in 1980, November 1828 - the most internationally renowned of all Indonesian films - is, at last, to be screened in Australia. ... November 1828 is set … Read more

OPERA JAWA (Garin Nugroho, 2006)
An epic musical drawing on the tradition of Javanese theatre, dance and music, Opera Jawa comprises multiple dance troupes and a cast of hundreds. Husband and wife Siti and Setyo are both former dan… Read more

PIONEERS OF FREEDOM (Asrul Sani, 1981)
Filmed on location among the Minangkabau people in West Sumatra, and set in the 1920s. Pioneers Of Freedom is scripted and directed by Asrul Sani, an Islamic intellectual and poet born in West Sumatr… Read more

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