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Indonesian cinema at SOAS explores love, morality, sexuality and family

15 October 2013

The 2013 London Indonesian Film Screenings, organised by the Centre for South East Asian Studies (CSEAS) at SOAS, University of London, presents a selection of some of the most exciting films to come out of Indonesia in recent years.

Taking place from 16 – 20 October, the films include Lovely Man, a story of a young Muslim woman who discovers that her estranged father is a transgender sex worker; Something in the Way, a gripping film about a taxi driver caught between sexual desire and religious obligation and Parts of the Heart, a film told in eight parts about an Indonesian gay man as he moves from childhood to middle age.

London Indonesian Film Festival

SOAS hosted the first ever series of London Indonesian Film Screenings in 2006. Since then it has continued to screen Indonesian films. The Department of South East Asia is proud to be one of the few universities outside of Indonesia offering an undergraduate course dedicated to the study of Indonesian film.

In addition to the screenings, Teddy Soeriaatmadja, director of Lovely Man and Something in the Way and Riri Riza, director of Kuldesak, 3 Days To Forever and Atambua 39° Celsius, also being screened, will be available for Q&As after the each of the sessions.

To coincide with the film screenings the CSEAS is also organising a two-day Workshop on Indonesian Cinema, on 17-18 October, to be held at the Royal Asiatic Society. All those interested in Indonesian film - academics, students and members of the public - are encouraged to attend.  

Co-organiser of the event, Dr Ben Murtagh said: “The screenings consist of some of the most exciting films to come out of Indonesia in recent years. The films touch on issues of love, morality, sexuality and family. Rather than just writing about Indonesian cinema, we decided to bring all of this together, put it all on show and present it to a wider audience.”

The event is sponsored by the Centre for South East Asian Studies and the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia in London.

Ben Murtagh introduces the 2013 London Indonesian Film Screenings

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Visit the website for more details, no booking is necessary, the events are free to attend and the films will be subtitled.

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