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  • A.A. Navis: Satiris dan Suara Kritis dari Daerah (A.A. Navis: A Satirist and Critic Speaks) by: Rp50.000

    Ali Akbar Navis (1924-2003), who first began to write in the early 1950s, is famed for his unflinching social criticism and piercing sense of satire.

    Directed by Enison Sinaro

    Duration: 22 minutes.

  • Achdiat K. Mihardja: Suara dari Jaman Pergerakan (Voice from the Revolution) by: Rp50.000

    Achdiat K. Mihardja (b. 1911), by 1940, had already become an important figure amongst Indonesian writers.  His novel, Atheist, is one of his most important work, and has earned him a highly-respected position amongst Indonesian literary circles.

    Directed by Tinuk Yampolsky

    Duration: 24 minutes.

    English Subtitle

  • Agam Wispi: Pulang (Coming Home) by: Rp50.000

    The poet Agam Wispi (1930-2003) has lived in exile since the abortive Communist coup. In 1996, this former LEKRA writer returned to Indonesia for the first time since 1965.

    Directed byMoh. Rivai Riza and John McGlynn

    Duration: 25 minutes.

    English Subtitle

  • Ahmad Tohari: Kesaksian Tanpa Batas (Eternal Witness) by: Rp50.000

    Ahmad Tohari (b. 1948), despite having grown up amidst a very strong Moslem background, has proven himself capable of creating the trilogy Ronggeng Dukuh Paruk, set totally outside his Moslem upbringing.

    Directed by Shanty Harmayn

    Duration: 25 minutes.

    English Subtitle

  • Amarasi by: Rp50.000

    This combined vocal and dance performance tradition, originating from East Nusa Tenggara, includes three kinds of dances:

    1. Reok Bokoh Dance

    Created for leisure purposes when receiving guests from abroad.

    1. Rebeca Dance

    The instrument used in this dance is made out of the Bongkok that consists of three kinds of rope, the hekna, gewang and, later, the senar, which is made of made out of dried goat intestines. The latter eventually replaced the hekna.

    This dance is performed when a man proposes to a woman or during other customary celebrations in the Amarasi tribe. The guitar players, who also dance, are young men and women. This dance also tells historical stories of the Amarasi ancestors.

    1. Koakiko Dance

    The dance was first inspired by the Koak bird that crows or squawks every morning, marking the beginning of a new day. The call of this bird means that farmers must get up to go to work in the field, and women must prepare breakfast for their husbands so that they will get to the field before the sun rises.

  • Badenda Kabanchi by: Rp50.000

    Badenda is the spoken art form of the Cia-cia tribe in South East Sulawesi. This art form uses a few tambourines and one violin. The violinist also functions as the singer. The group consists of men only.

    A Badenda performance is mainly used to accompany a mass dance performance. Female and male dancers dance together, in turn with the people in the audience. Badenda performances can be carried out during several community celebrations, such as circumcisions, weddings, etc.

  • Bati-bati by: Rp50.000

    Bati-bati is a spoken tradition from the people of Selayar, South Sulawesi. This art of singing and interactive improvisational rhyme can be carried out by both men and women. It is combined with gambus music played by an all male ensemble who also sing. It can be performed at different kinds of ceremonies: circumcisions, weddings, religious celebrations, etc. The singers can create rhymes all night long.

  • Bonet by: Rp50.000

    This oral-dance tradition from Soe, East Nusa Tenggara, is dance carried out by men and women who form a circle and dance in rotation to the right while they sing. They sing in interactive a capella (muncung). A Bonet performance features one or two lead singers who vocalize the initial phrase of a melody that will diverge into two melodic possibilities, with one choir of singers carrying one melody and a second choir carrying and responding with a second melodic train. This traditional performance is performed at communal celebrations at the community hall as dictated by custom. This form of art exists in the regencies of Central Timor, South Timor, North Central Timor, and Belu. The ceremony always opens with Natuni a greeting ritual conducted by the host.

  • Cepung by: Rp50.000

    Cepung is a performance of lontar (scripts written on lontar leaves) reading done in the Sasak language in the form of macapatan accompanied by rebab and flute music. On the island of Lombok, it is called cepung (literally meaning dragonfly), while in Bali it is known as cakepung. Following the opening poem reading (pengaksama), an all-night performance of solo lontar reading is performed in combination with cepungan percussion, dialogues and jokes. Each member of any group of cepung performers can carry out any functions required for the performance: lontar reader, flute player and rebab player, as well as dancing (2 dancers). All of the performed sing.

  • Dade Ndate (Central Sulawesi) by: Rp50.000

    Dade Ndate is a vocal tradition of the Kaili people in Central Sulawesi. It is a form of art that uses unprompted singing and rhyming. The singing and rhyming are accompanied by gambus music played by men and women who also function as singers. This performance can be carried out at various rituals: circumcisions, weddings, or religious celebrations. The singers can chant rhymes all night long.

  • Danarto: Sastra Sufisme Danarto (Moving Closer to God: Danarto’s Sufic Literature) by: Rp50.000

    The writer and painter Danarto (b. 1940) became known in the 1970s. His work as a writer is deeply influenced by his training as a visual artist and his study of Sufi mysticism.

    Directed by Andy Nugraha

    Duration: 25 minutes.

  • Darmanto Jatman: Penyair Dalam Lintasan Budaya (A Poet at Culture’s Edge) by: Rp50.000

    Darmanto Jatman (b. 1942) is a poet examining divergent influences on his identity, his Javanese-Christian upbringing, training as a psychologist, and his time studying abroad.

    Directed by nuk Yampolsky

    Duration: 24 minutes.

  • Didong 2 (Aceh) by: Rp50.000

    Didong is a traditional art form that originates from the Gayo region of Aceh. It combines three art elements; sounds, literature, and dance or body movements.

    In the past, didong carried various functions in the lives of the Gayo community, including communicating cultural issues or preserving specific aspects of the culture. As its function expanded, didong then became a tool to document history in which the singer creates poetry about regional or national history. The subject matter of the story includes issues of agriculture, development, transmigration, and the beauty of nature.

    Note: Two performance tapes available.

  • Gerson Poyk: Nostalgia Nusatenggara (Nostalgia Nusatenggara) by: Rp50.000

    Gerson Poyk (b. 1931), writer, journalist, and also teacher, positions himself as one of the most shining writers from the East of Indonesia.

    Directed by Chandra Tanzil

    Duration: 25 minutes.

    English Subtitle

  • Goenawan Mohamad: Potret Penyair Si Malin Kundang (Portrait of the Poet as “Si Malin Kundang”) by: Rp50.000

    Goenawan Mohamad (b. 1941) emerged as a poet and activist in the early 1960s. A poet, journalist, and essayist, he gained national fame for his work with the news magazine Tempo.

    Directed by Arswendy

    Duration: 23 minutes.

  • H.B. Jassin: Yang Duduk di Kursi Imaginasi (In the Court of Imagination) by: Rp50.000

    Hans Bague Jassin (1917-2000), more than any other writer, shaped the development of Indonesian literature. Because of his near-infallible judgment, he was known as “the Pope.”

    Directed by Hanny Saputra

    Duration: 39 minutes.