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Highly-anticipated ‘Bumi Manusia’, ‘Perburuan’ unveiled in lavish premiere in Surabaya

Yuliasri Perdani

The Jakarta Post

Surabaya, East Java  /  Sun, August 11, 2019  /  08:17 pm
Highly-anticipated ‘Bumi Manusia’, ‘Perburuan’ unveiled in lavish premiere in Surabaya

All smiles: 'Bumi Manusia' (This Earth of Mankind) main actors (left to right) Mawar Eva De Jongh , Sha Ine Febriyanti and Iqbaal Ramadhan pose during the movie’s red carpet event at Surabaya Town Square in Surabaya, East Java, on Saturday. The movie is based on a novel of the same title by Pramoedya Ananta Toer. (Falcon Pictures/-)

Half of the audience gave a standing ovation to Bumi Manusia (This Earth of Mankind) director Hanung Bramantyo and the cast after the movie’s three-hour screening on Saturday evening. Hanung, in tears, swiftly hugged Astuti Ananta Toer, the daughter of Pramoedya Ananta Toer – one of the most celebrated Indonesian authors – who penned the book the movie is based on. “I thank Ibu Astuti for trusting me. Without her blessings, I would not have had the chance to adapt this into a movie.” Pramoedya, who passed away in 2006, spent 30 years of his life as prisoner. He wrote Perburuan (The Fugitive) when he was in a Dutch forced-labor camp in 1947. He was again imprisoned from 1965 to 1979 during the New Order’s massive crackdown on alleged members and sympathizers of the now-defunct Indonesian Communist Party (PKI). Pramoedya told the Bumi Manusia...