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Riri Riza wants to show Indonesia’s beauty in every film

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The Jakarta Post

Jakarta  /  Tue, June 19, 2018  /  10:47 am
Riri Riza wants to show Indonesia’s beauty in every film

Riri Riza wins Best Director for 'Athirah' at the 2016 Indonesia Film Festival (FFI) at Teater Besar in Taman Ismail Marzuki cultural center, Central Jakarta, on Nov. 6, 2016. (JP/Donny Fernando)

Film director Riri Riza and producer Mira Lesmana have said that almost all of their films were created with elements of Indonesia's beauty.

“For almost all of our productions in the last five years, Mira and I traveled a lot,” Riri told “Almost all of our films are filled with traveling or talks about Indonesia.”

The same treatment can be seen in the duo’s latest film, Kulari ke Pantai (I Run to the Beach), in which Riri features breathtaking scenes of several cities in Indonesia. “That’s why Kulari ke Pantai is relevant. When we wanted to make a children’s drama [film], we also wanted to keep speaking of the importance of representing Indonesia more widely,” said Riri.

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Scheduled to be screened on June 28, Kulari ke Pantai narrates the story of Uci (Marsha Timothy) with her daughter, Sam (Mahisa Kanna), and her niece, Happy (Li’ly Latisha), on a road trip in Java. Apart from Jakarta, they also visit Cirebon in West Java, Temanggung in Central Java, Pacitan in East Java, Blitar in East Java, Bromo in East Java, Situbondo in East Java and Banyuwangi in East Java.

After spending time on Rote Island, East Nusa Tenggara (NTT), the family then decide to leave Jakarta and stay on the island.

“The family has an alternative mindset,” said Riri. “Uci, Irfan [Uci’s husband, played by Ibnu Jamil] and their daughter, Sam, live in NTT. They’re Jakartans who decide to live there.”

Through the film, Riri also encourages children to see Indonesia’s richness and beauty. “We tried to introduce a concept for children, that it's very possible to visit these places in Indonesia,” he said. (wir/wng)


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