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6 June 2019: Kuldesak


Nan Triveni Achnas, Mira Lesmana, Rizal Mantovani & Riri Riza, 1999, 100 min
Indonesian with English subtitles

Introduced by Eric Sasono, Indonesian film critic and PhD candidate at King's College London

An omnibus of four short films inspired by the Dogme95 movement, this film marked an important transition in Indonesian filmmaking and its aesthetics by providing an avenue to imagine filmmaking as a personal creative venture, and a departure from filmmaking as part of a socio-political disposition that was controlled by the dictatorial state. Portraying individualism, dreams and loneliness in an urban environment, this omnibus captures the artists’ aspirations for filmmaking to be a tool for personal expression as well as to redefine identity politics in one of the most ethnically and socially diverse nations in the world.

Part of Aperture: Asia & Pacific Film Festival 2019

This screening is jointly presented with NANG to mark the launch of the latest issue of NANG, Issue 6: Manifestos.