Posted in: Arts

Penyalin Cahaya and the economy of feminist films

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The growing commodification of feminist issues in Indonesia means that while some films may advance feminist themes, this is no guarantee that the filmmakers involved genuinely support gender equality.

Talking Indonesia: hip-hop

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How do Indonesian hip-hop artists tackle social and political issues in their music? How do issues of ethnicity, sexism and masculinity influence hip-hop lyrics? Tito Ambyo chats to William Yanko in the latest episode of Talking Indonesia.

Best of 2021

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Indonesia at Melbourne will be taking a short break over the New Year period. Here we present the articles and episodes that attracted your attention in 2021. We look forward to seeing you again in mid-January 2022!

Talking Indonesia: Covid-19 and creative workers

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How have Yogyakarta’s young artists managed during the pandemic? How are they making ends meet while still channelling their creative passions? Dr Charlotte Setijadi discusses these issues and more with Dr Oki Radianto Sutopo in the latest episode of Talking Indonesia.

Talking Indonesia: Indonesian cinema's new wave

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What factors are behind Indonesian film's recent successes on the international stage? Is international success being translated into audiences for these films at home? Dr Jemma Purdey chats to Yulia Evina Bhara about these issues and more in Talking Indonesia.

Mural controversies expose the poor health of Indonesian democracy

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The repressive police response to three murals criticising the government's management of the Covid-19 pandemic is just another sign of the rapidly declining health of Indonesian democracy.

What happened to social context in Indonesian films?

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Too many Indonesian films with Islamic themes present moral issues in a simplistic, black and white way that ignores the complexity of contemporary Indonesian society.

Tilik and the gender order crisis

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The public debate prompted by the film Tilik is reflective of a broader ideological contestation around gender relations in post-authoritarian Indonesia, writes Dr Evi Eliyanah.

A long and winding road: fighting stereotypes and information disorder in Tilik

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Dr Novi Kurnia reviews the polarising short film Tilik, which has been hugely popular since being uploaded to YouTube last month.

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