Contemporary Worlds: Indonesia is one of the exhibitions that is currently showing at the National Gallery of Australia until the 27th of October. This exhibition seeks to explore the creative practices of Indonesian artists since the fall of President Suharto in 1998. His fall marked the end of three decades of a repressive, discriminatory regime in Indonesia.
As part of this exhibition, there will be six films shown this weekend, by Indonesian film directors. Each film will be in Indonesian, but there will be English subtitles for each of them. Also, each film has a rating of 15 plus, so they are not suitable for young children.
Thursday 11 July, 1.30pm The Blindfold (Mata Tertupup) Directed by Garin Nugroho, this film which is based on true events examines religious radicalism among young people in Contemporary Indonesia, where religious radicalisation is playing an increasingly important role.
Friday 12 July, 6pm Memories of My Body (Kucumbu Tubuh Indahku) This film is split into four episodes of a young Lengger dancer's passage into manhood amidst Indonesia's tumultuous history and conservative social norms. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with the director, Garin Nugroho.
Saturday 13 July, 12.30pm Solo, Solitude (Istirahatlah kata-kata) In director Yosep Anggi Noen's second film, he explores the life of Wiji Thukul, a well-known poet, who is also designed as a dissident. With the police looking for him, Wiji is forced to leave Solo for Borneo, thousands of kilometres away.
Saturday 13 July, 3pm Seen and Unseen (Sekala Niskala) Indonesian filmmaker Kamila Andini makes her directorial debut with Seen and Unseen, which focuses on Balinese mythology. This film shares the mesmerizing story of a little girl trying out different ways to cope with the death of her twin brother.
Sunday 14 July, 12.30pm Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts (Marlina Si Pembunuh dalam Empat Babak)
Directed by Mouly Surya, this film has been reported as combining aspects of the feminist Western genre with an Indonesian setting. The film begins with a young widow who is attacked and has her cattle stolen, but she fights back and kills several of her attackers...
Sunday 14 July, 2.30pm A Copy of My Mind
A salon worker and a pirated DVDs subtitle maker fall in love during the turbulent presidential election in Indonesia. Directed by Prominent Indonesian filmmaker Joko Anwar.
All films are free and will be shown in the James O Fairfax theatre, at the National Gallery of Australia. Bookings are essential!