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This film has been described in Variety as an Indonesian melodrama that harks back to Hollywood of the 40s, and by Jerry Liu as a family drama that possesses a rigour and a stylised structure. The film does indeed have a melodramatic denouement, and shares some structural characteristics of ... Read more
"A rich mosaic of Indonesia today... poignant, breathtaking, and a singularly stellar vérité triumph." - Sundance Film Festival ... Dutch filmmaker Leonard Retel Helmrich rounds off his award-winning documentary trilogy about the desperately poor Sjamsuddin family with this affectionate and ... Read more
“An unclassifiable work of striking originality.” - Screen Daily ... The theme of longing is apparent early on in the ethereal Postcards from the Zoo, when we see the young Lana wandering around Jakarta's zoo at night calling out for her father, who abandoned her there. Flash forward several ... Read more
The restoration of the famous 9th century Hindu stone temple of Tjandi Prambanan—the camera brings out the dynamic movement and realism of the Ramayana reliefs carved on the temple walls. Javanese music accompanies the visuals. ... Read more
Banned in Indonesia, Promised Paradise follows the quest of an Indonesian puppeteer to meet three men convicted of the 2002 nightclub bombings in Bali. Along the way, director Leonard Retel Helmrich shows the puppeteer's unique method of exploring the issue of terrorism through puppet shows ... Read more
Based on her letters (published in English as Letters of a Javanese Princess), memoirs of other people and a biography, this fascinating film tells the story of Javanese women's emancipationist Kartini, who founded schools for women in North Central Java at the end of the 19th century. The film's ... Read more
This exquisitely designed and photographed film is set in the 17th century kingdom of Mataram in Central Java. It is based on a legend that has been reworked many times in traditional performances, songs and narratives, and more recently has appeared in Ketoprak popular drama and novel form. ... In ... Read more
"A fascinating and ultimately moving tribute to a seminal comic artist's dark, disquieting but powerful works." - Hollywood Reporter ... Filmmaker Eric Khoo (My Magic, MIFF 2009; Be With Me) adapts for the screen the spellbinding work of Yoshihiro Tatsumi, father of the gekiga comic-art movement of ... Read more
The story of three young people lured into a radical Islamic organisation. ... Crisscrossing between the stories of Rima, a dynamic recruit whose ambition is soon thwarted by Islamic convention; the disaffected Jabir, who is looking for a way out of a cycle of poverty; and Asimah (played by the ... Read more
“I may not know where I'm going, but I'll always know where to come home to.” ... The follow-up to one of Indonesia's most celebrated box office hits, 2008's The Rainbow Troops, The Dreamers is adapted from the second book in author Andrea Hirata's tetralogy of best-selling novels based on his ... Read more
“Lyrically evokes a way of life organically coexisting with the ocean.” - Hollywood Reporter ... Pakis is a 12-year-old Bajo - an Indonesian ethnic group who live off the sea in wooden houses on stilts. Pakis' father is missing and presumed dead, but she believes he is still alive and will one ... Read more
... ... Nyi Ronggeng is probably the most remarkable fiction film ever made about popular culture and folk traditions in Indonesia. It sets its story among the members of a Ronggeng dance troupe, and within a richly melodramatic plot, it reconstructs performances of the Ronggeng dance as they are ... Read more
... ... The Sorceress of Dirah is a performance event by the Javanese performance artist and choreographer Sardono W. Kusuma, of Bali­nese dances and legends, developed and restaged over many years, working with a group in the village of Teges in Bali. Presented widely in Europe and the USA in ... Read more
Filmed largely on location in 1953 in villages in West Sumatra (the region of the matri-lineal Minangkabau people), Djayakusuma's The Tiger From Tjampa is still highly regarded today as an early, fine portrayal in a fiction film, of aspects of a traditional regional culture.Set in the 1930s, and ... Read more
Written and Directed by Nya' Abbas Acup, who was to become Indonesia's most famous director of comedies, this Indonesian spoof of the American western—complete with main street dominated by a villain quick on the draw (with his machete)—was selected by the New York Asian Society to open ... Read more
... ... Tjoet Nya' Dhien was the wife of the Acehnese rebel leader, Teuku Umar; she was also his chief strategist and political mentor. Teuku Umar was killed in battle in February 1899. For eight years after her husband's death, Tjoet Nya' Dhien led a band of Acehnese guerillas in the mountains of ... Read more
TJOET NYA' DHIEN was the wife of the Acehnese rebel leader, Teuku Umar, she was also his chief strategist and political mentor. Teuku Umar was killed in battle in February 1899. For eight years after her husband's death, Tjoet Nya' Dhien led a band of Acehnese guerillas in the mountains of Aceh at ... Read more
... ... Made on video for an environmental semi­nar (the International seminar on Water) held in Jakarta by the Goethe Institute in December 1991, this film has subsequently won prizes at festivals in Europe. Using the voice-overs of its participants, the film depicts the lives of water ... Read more
Djayakusuma's Whipfire, an earthy and stirring drama about peasants opposing an exploitative village head, utilises an East Javanese tradition of staging ceremonial whip fights as its central motif: instead of using guns, the film's antagonists use whips and engage in savage whip duels - resulting ... Read more
Christine Hakim - the most prestigious actor in Indonesia - stars in and co-produces this rites-of-passage feature. Set in the stark landscapes of East Java, the film's concern is the mother-daughter relationship of Daya and Berlian (Hakim), a midwife and herbal medicine vendor. A spate of murders ... Read more
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