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A BRIEF CULTURAL HISTORY OF INDONESIAN CINEMA

Text by Thomas Barker, Lisabona Z. Rahman, Corneles Alberto Joris, Eric Sasono, John Badalu and Deborah Gabinetti
Published in 2012 for Ministry of Education and Culture, Republic of Indonesia


Hardcover
Size: 220 x 220 mm
Pages: 196 pp
ISBN: 978-979-1274-64-7
Price: Non-commercial product
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Synopsis

Good movies can be entertaining, but great movies can be life-altering. The best ones inspire you, raise your spirit and deepen your thinking. What appears on screen can also reveal the society we live in. As A Brief Cultural History of Indonesia shows, film is a modern articulation of national cultural identity. Throughout the historical stages elaborated in the book, we see that Indonesian cinema reflects the nation’s socio-political dynamic over different periods spanning almost a hundred years. The purpose of this book is to give a glimpse of the rich history of Indonesian cinema, to generate a deeper understanding of its heritage, and to contribute to the preservation of our cultural roots through the power of film. It is also a salute to the pioneers of Indonesian filmmaking for their accomplishments and the influence they had on all of us who escaped to the movies to be astonished, provoked, and delighted.