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Garin Nugroho's film screened at UNESCO headquarters in Paris

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The Jakarta Post

Jakarta  /  Fri, December 14, 2018  /  02:31 pm

Indonesian film Kucumbu Tubuh Indahku (Memories of My Body) by celebrated director Garin Nugroho was screened at the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization’s (UNESCO) headquarters in Paris on Thursday.

The screening was among the prizes received by the film upon winning the 2018 Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA) Cultural Diversity Award under the patronage of UNESCO.

Memories of My Body tells the story of a young Lengger dancer transitioning into manhood amid Indonesia’s social norms.

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The jury described the film as a powerful coming-of-age story of a dancer that is unafraid of traversing multiple artistic expressions and forms to understand and define his individual identity.

“It is a call for resistance to challenge social and cultural norms through art. A universal tribute to artistic freedom that resonates intimately with each one of us,” said the jury in a statement received by The Jakarta Post.

Established in 2007, APSA is an award supported by Brisbane City Council, aiming to recognize and promote Asia-Pacific region’s cinematic excellence and cultural diversity to a global audience.  

The award and screening are said to contribute to APSA and UNESCO’s common goals in promoting diversity of cultural expression and raising awareness of the value and power of culture and cultural industries at local, national and international levels. (jes/kes)

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