A laughable claim about the danger of falling pregnant in swimming pools raises serious concerns about the state of adolescent sexual and reproductive health in Indonesia, writes SurveyMETER’s Dwi Oktarina

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.

“Istirahatlah Kata-Kata”, or “Solo, Solitude”, is a moving depiction of the life of dissident poet and activist Widji Thukul during a period of self-imposed exile under the New Order. Elly Kent presents a lovely review of the film, which has been immensely popular since its release on 19 January.

2015 has been a stellar year for Indonesian cinema, with more than a dozen films competing at international festivals. Dr Gaston Soehadi writes that this success has been achieved in the almost complete absence of government support.