Posted in: Arts

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.

Talking Indonesia: Chinese Indonesian performing arts

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What does the history of Chinese Indonesian performing arts say about ethnic Chinese strategies for self-representation over time? Dr Charlotte Setijadi chats to Dr Josh Stenberg about this question and more in the latest episode of Talking Indonesia.

Best of 2019: Talking Indonesia

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2019 was a big year for Talking Indonesia. Here we present the 10 episodes that were most popular with podcast subscribers over the past year.

The vexed future of Indonesian art

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More than 20 years have passed since Soeharto left power, and many aspects of “Indonesian art” have changed, but as Alison Carroll writes, global curators' ideas about what constitutes Indonesian art remain largely the same.

Talking Indonesia: Norman Erikson Pasaribu on literature and diversity

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The global profile of Indonesian literature has grown rapidly over recent years. In Talking Indonesia, Dr Jemma Purdey chats to poet Norman Erikson Pasaribu, whose book, 'Sergius Seeks Bacchus', has just been released in Australia.

Talking Indonesia: transnational cinema

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Could Indonesia cinema be used as a soft-power tool? What market trends will define the growth of the industry over the coming years? Dr Charlotte Setijadi discusses these issues and more with Associate Professor Thomas Barker in Talking Indonesia.

Talking Indonesia: foreign workers and creative pursuits

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In the latest episode of the Talking Indonesia podcast, Dr Charlotte Setijadi chats to Dr Jafar Suryomenggolo about the creativity and agency of Indonesian foreign domestic workers. What do their literary works reveal about their lives and the challenges they face?

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