While film director Hanung Bramantyo said he was open to criticism on his new film, “?”, the pluralist-themed film has instead received compliments from the daughter of Indonesia’s biggest pluralist icon.
Zannuba Ariffah Chafsoh Rahman Wahid or Yenni Wahid, the daughter of the former president Abdurrahman Wahid, said she was touched by Hanung’s film, and that she cried while watching it.
“This film should not be watched in fragments, because there are stories of people converting to Christianity. There’s a Muslim playing Jesus. The film gives the impression that everyone wants to find peace. The point is, humans should be kind to each other,” Yenni said as quoted by okezone.com.
Yenni said the film had succeeded in conveying the ideas of pluralism in Indonesia.
During a press briefing at the launch of the film, Hanung said he had invited people to give meaning to the film, including in the form of criticism, adding that the film was his expression of religious pluralism.
“I was raised in a pluralist family. There was no fear of celebrating [different religious] holidays. Now it’s different. Now it’s scary. So I have invited people to practice Bhineka Tunggal Ika,” he said as quoted by kompas.com, referring to the national motto that means unity in diversity.
Hanung said the producers of the film, Mahaka Production and Dapur Film, would hold a seminar on it in Mojokerto, East Java.
“It’s an event to get input on my film,” Hanung said.
Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) earlier criticized “?” for supporting religious conversion, saying it was made by people who had no knowledge of Islam.
The film tells the story of relations between families from diverse ethnic and religious backgrounds.