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Garin Nugroho keeps rediscovering film

Tertiani ZB Simanjuntak

The Jakarta Post

Jakarta  /  Wed, September 4, 2019  /  02:33 pm
Garin Nugroho keeps rediscovering film

Curious mind: Prolific filmmaker Garin Nugroho made a name for himself through his works that many critics say are artsy and at the same time, edgy. (Courtesy of

After the premiere of Rindu Kami Padamu (Of Love and Eggs) in 2004, filmmaker Garin Nugroho got a call from his mother asking whether the film was a tribute to her. He reluctantly affirmed. “Don’t make a film for me, make it for yourself to calm your mind. If you are restful, then so I am,” said his mother as cited by Garin at Goethe-Institute Indonesien's Arthouse Cinema: Extra program in Jakarta on Aug. 27. Public critics: The audience appraises the works of Garin Nugroho (right) at a discussion and film screening event at Goethe-Insitute Indonesien in Jakarta. (JP/Tertiani ZB Simanjuntak) In the discussion with the audience between the screenings of his two latest films – Kucumbu Tubuh Indahku (Memories of My Body) and Nyai – the 58-year-old filmmaker acknowledged that all of his films reflected his restlessness over an issue or more at ...