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December 8, 2017

Kartini Film Screening: A Tribute to Indonesia’s Feminist Icon

The Kartini film screening held at The New School in New York on Friday, December 8, 2017, was a remarkable event that celebrated the life and legacy of Raden Ajeng Kartini, a prominent Indonesian feminist. The screening, organized by the Indonesian Film Forum New York in collaboration with Global Engagement & International Support Services, brought together film enthusiasts, cultural enthusiasts, and supporters of women’s rights to honor this iconic figure. With an impressive lineup of speakers and sponsors, the event aimed to shed light on Kartini’s inspirational journey and her fight for women’s emancipation.

The Opening Ceremony:
The event commenced with Adithya Pratama, the host, welcoming the audience to The New School auditorium at Johnson/Kaplan Hall. Gale Lynch, the Senior Director of The New School Global Engagement & International Support Services, delivered insightful remarks highlighting the significance of the film screening and the importance of global engagement in promoting social change. The crowd eagerly awaited the presence of Hanung Bramantyo, the director of the film Kartini, who graced the occasion with his speech. Bramantyo shared insights about his background as a director and provided a glimpse into the process of bringing Kartini’s story to the silver screen.

Collaboration and Support:
The Kartini film screening was made possible through the collaboration between the Indonesian Film Forum (IFF) and Global Engagement & International Support Services at The New School. The event received generous support from various sponsors, including:

1. Legacy Pictures: The owner of the film, which played a crucial role in making the screening possible.
2. Los Angeles Indonesian Film Festival (LAIFF): As the LO (Liaison Officer), LAIFF contributed to the screening fees and also organized the Kartini tour across the United States.
3. Ministry of Education and Culture: Sponsoring the travel expenses of the film’s director, Hanung Bramantyo.
4. Creative Economy Agency: Providing funding for IFF activities throughout 2017.
5. Ministry of Tourism: Contributing as a sponsor for IFF activities throughout 2017, emphasizing the film’s cultural and tourism significance.
6. Consulate General of the Republic of Indonesia in New York: Actively supporting and providing facilities for organizing IFF events throughout 2017.
7. The New School: Hosting the film screening in their auditorium.

Film Synopsis:
The film Kartini, directed by Hanung Bramantyo, offers a biographical portrayal of Raden Ajeng Kartini, an Indonesian feminist icon. Released on April 19, 2017, the film explores Kartini’s struggles and determination to fight for the emancipation of Indonesian women. The lead role of Kartini is played by Dian Sastrowardoyo, a talented actress and recipient of the Deauville Asian Film Festival’s Best Actress award. Accompanied by Christine Hakim as Ngasirah, and Ayushita and Acha Septriasa as Kartini’s sisters, the cast brings the story to life, showcasing the challenges faced by Kartini in her pursuit of equality.

Kartini’s Journey:
The film delves into Kartini’s early life, where she challenges the traditional norms imposed on young Javanese women. Refusing to accept pingitan, a seclusion tradition that restricts girls’ freedom until marriage, Kartini yearns for education and social interaction. Despite societal pressure, she befriends foreigners and immerses herself in Dutch literature, expanding her horizons and igniting her passion for women’s rights. Kartini’s resilience and determination empower her to embrace feminist ideas from Europe, leading to her unwavering dedication to elevating the status of Indonesian women.

The Kartini film screening at The New School was an inspiring event that shed light on the life and struggles of Raden Ajeng Kartini. Through the collaborative efforts of the Indonesian Film Forum and Global Engagement & International Support Services, this significant biographical film was brought to audiences in New York, symbolizing the ongoing global fight for gender equality. By celebrating Kartini’s legacy, the event aimed to inspire individuals to continue her mission and advocate for women’s empowerment in Indonesia and beyond.

IFFestNY 2018 Gallery

The Auditorium - Johnson/Kaplan Hall The New Scholl

Program book

After Program