Indonesian independent films are becoming well regarded on the international film festival circuit, and are lauded for addressing a wide variety of social, political and cultural issues, many of which are considered taboo at home. As a result of censorship and distribution issues, however, these films are often only screened to limited audiences in Indonesia.


What are the main challenges faced by Indonesian filmmakers? How can these problems be addressed, and what moves, if any, has the government made to strengthen the industry?


In this edition of Talking Indonesia, I discuss these issues and more with Dr Gaston Soehadi, who holds a PhD in film studies from Monash University.


Talking Indonesia is a fortnightly podcast presenting extended interviews with experts on Indonesian politics, foreign policy, language, culture and more. Catch up on previous episodes here, subscribe via iTunes or listen to the entire Talking Indonesia podcast via Stitcher.




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