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Past Programs

Discover the rich tapestry of Indonesian cinema through our past events. The Indonesian Film Forum (IFF) has curated a series of memorable screenings and festivals that have showcased critically acclaimed and award-winning films from various genres. Here are some highlights of our previous events:

Indonesian Film Week NY 2016: “An Introduction to Indonesian Cinema” October 8–9, 2016 Anthology Film Archive Dubbed as “a movie sampling and coffee tasting,” Indonesian Film Week NY 2016 featured critically acclaimed films spanning genres such as drama, documentary, art-house, and thriller. The event served as an enticing introduction to Indonesian cinema, with screenings including Filosofi Kopi, Peculiar Vacation and Other Illnesses, Shackled, and more.

Nostalgia Film Screening: Three Maidens December 17, 2016 Anthology Film Archive We proudly presented the newly restored 1956 classic film Three Maidens, also known as Tiga Dara, to American audiences for the first time. The screening was accompanied by a historical presentation of the film and the documentary Restoring Three Maidens.

National Film Day 2017: “Finding Indonesia” March 25, 2017 NYU Global Spiritual Life In commemoration of Indonesia’s National Film Day, IFF brought together the Indonesian community in New York and local audiences for a captivating event featuring a selection of films, including Return to Jakarta, On the Origin of Fear, and The Crescent Moon.

Screening of Kartini December 8, 2017 Johnson/Kaplan Hall, The New School We screened the biographical film Kartini, which followed the inspiring journey of Kartini, an Indonesian heroine who fought for women’s emancipation and equality. The event was a collaboration between IFF and The New School’s Global Engagement and International Support Service.

International Women’s Day March 25, 2018 Anthology Film Archive In support of International Women’s Day, IFF screened two empowering films, The Rainbow Troops and Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts, and featured a live performance by Efek Rumah Kaca. Proceeds from the ticket sales were donated to women’s cause foundations.

Co-Sponsoring the Screening & Reading of Negeri Lima Menara by Ahmad Fuadi October 9, 2018 Asian American Writers’ Workshop HQ In collaboration with the Asian American Writers’ Workshop, IFF co-sponsored a screening and panel discussion of Negeri Lima Menara, featuring Ahmad Fuadi and Margaret Scott, to explore the culture of Islamic boarding schools (pesantren).

Co-Presenting DRY, a Film by Stephanie Linus March 23, 2019 Anthology Film Archive IFF collaborated with Nigerian filmmaker Stephanie Linus and New York-based filmmaker and educator Jane Lawalata (NYFA) to present the award-winning film Dry. The screening shed light on sensitive topics such as child brides, women’s health, and the lack of education and medical access for women in remote areas.

These past events are a testament to IFF’s commitment to showcasing the diversity and talent of Indonesian cinema. Stay tuned for upcoming events by subscribing to our website and be part of the journey into the captivating world of Indonesian films