The Jakarta Post
Short documentary film Blitar, helmed by Indonesian director Livi Zheng, is set to have its gala premier in Los Angeles, the United States, on May 2.
Livi told kompas.com that a delegation of Blitar regency administration would be performing art and culture shows in Los Angeles, and the film would serve as a complement to the activities.
According to Antara, the film's production coincided with the 693rd anniversary of Blitar in East Java, and saw Livi returning to her hometown alongside her Los Angeles film crew.
"We took a lot of footage of Blitar ritual ceremonies and traditional art performances that were all very interesting and unique," she said in a statement.
The film focuses on Blitar's Triangle Diamond, comprising Serang Beach, Sirah Kencong tea plantation and Penataran Temple, which are among the regency's most popular tourist spots.
Home to breathtaking sunset views, Serang Beach also serves as a breeding ground for the endangered green turtle. The Sirah Kincong tea plantation can be found at the highlands at the foot of Mount Kelud, offering a refreshingly cool air and serene view and is famous for its tea exports. Meanwhile, Candi Penataran, at 450 meters above sea level, is said to be the largest and most majestic temple in East Java, and was built around the era of King Srengga from the Kadiri kingdom in the 1200s.
Livi was born in Blitar on April 3, 1989. However, the most popular figure related to the regency was Indonesia's first president Sukarno, who was raised there. (kes)