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Weekly Picks: Indonesia (26 November – 2 December 2018)

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Top Picks of Indonesia art events in Yogyakarta and Solo from 26 November – 2 December 2018

We have two film festivals happening this week in Indonesia. The annual Japanese Film Festival (JFF) started last week in Makassar and this week the films are going to be screened in Yogyakarta before the festival continues to Jakarta and Bandung. Organised by the Japan Foundation, the JFF is the only celebration of Japanese cinema outside of Japan. To see the list of films and to get the schedule and venues of screenings, visit id.japanesefilmfest.org.

Yogyakarta is also hosting the 13th Jogja-NETPAC Asian Film Festival (JAFF) from 27 November to 4 December 2018. The Festival focuses on the development of cinemas in Asia and aims to be the intersection of many sectors such as arts, culture, and tourism while introducing the Asian cinema to a wider public in Indonesia. JAFF brings a theme of “Disruption” referring to the inevitable disruptions we face in our lives, which can become an agent of change to shatter biases and stereotypes in our cultures. With this theme, JAFF aims to share this “Disruption” as a challenge to see the Asian culture with a fresh and new perspective. The 13th JAFF will be screened at various venues and cinemas in Yogyakarta. To learn more about the festival and to see the full schedule of the festival visit jaff-filmfest.org.

Goethe Institut Indonesia and Cemeti Institute are holding a residency exhibition by Katharina Duve and Sakinah Alatas, 2 artists that have been in residency at Cemeti since September. Katharina Duve focused her exploration and research on the idea of ghosts and personifications of things that are unknown. Through her research, she created a video installation that was put together from documentations of her research. Sakinah Alatas looked at sewing and making clothes in a new way. Sewing, that is traditionally a woman’s role, can actually be empowering to the seamstress as it gives her some power beyond her normal role as a wife or a mother. Katharina’s and Sakinah’s works will be exhibited at Cemeti Institute in Yogyakarta until 30 November 2018. There will be a discussion session with both artists on Thursday, 29 November 2018 at 7PM. For more information on this residency exhibition, click here.

Literature is an art form that should be available to everyone from all walks of life. Unfortunately, people who are visually impaired can’t enjoy literature in its original written form. Indah Darmastuti decided to gather writers and poets from all parts of the world to create works for the visually impaired. In a period of 6 weeks, together with a group of visually -impaired people, they write, read their works and turn these works into audio formats that can be enjoyed by listening. Come to Balai Soedjatmoko Solo on Wednesday, 28 November 2018 at 7:30 pm to listen to the audiobooks and to take part on the discussion. For more information, click here.

 

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