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Indonesian filmmakers share Netflix recommendations

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Jakarta  /  Wed, April 1, 2020  /  11:02 am
Indonesian filmmakers share Netflix recommendations

Lifelike Pictures producer Sheila Timothy. (JP/Jessicha Valentina)

To honor National Film Day, which fell on Monday, Netflix Indonesia has shared a zine on Instagram.

It contains articles by film critics and filmmakers alike, such as Hikmat Darmawan and Paul Agusta, while actors, directors and producers share their recommendations for movies and series available on Netflix.

Below is the list of recommendations.

Hannah Al Rashid: When They See Us

Based on the real-life case of the “Central Park Five”, the drama series tells the story of five young African-American and Hispanic teenagers who were wrongfully convicted for the rape of a female jogger in New York.

When They See Us is an incredibly important series,” writes Hannah. “Ava DuVernay brings us one of the most painful and heartbreaking journeys that humanizes five boys who were dehumanized by society and a racist judicial system. Never have I ever watched a series which moved me in the way that it does. Watch immediately!”

Soon after it was released in June last year, the series was watched on more than 23 million Netflix accounts worldwide.

Dennis Adhiswara: The Naked Director

“At first, maybe viewers would be intrigued by its naughty and brave premise. But underneath it all, what they’re seeing is an entrepreneurship ‘lecture’ in an intense and dramatic manner, and what’s even crazier: [it is] based on [a] true story!” writes Dennis.

The Naked Director chronicles the life of Japanese adult filmmaker Toru Muranishi who was known for rejecting the old norms on sexuality.

Read also: Four Lifelike Pictures films coming to Netflix this month

Adinia Wirasti: 13 Reasons Why

Popular young adult drama 13 Reasons Why is based on Jay Asher’s bestseller about a high school student who kills herself and leaves behind 13 audiotapes detailing the events that led to her death.

“Film or TV series such as this one can be a medium to reach out to those living with mental health issues, who need our utmost support,” writes Adinia. “This is more than content, it’s a public service announcement for mental health.”

Adipati Dolken: Money Heist

In August 2019, Money Heist became the most-watched non-English language series in Netflix history. Created by Alex Pina, the series takes place over 11 days inside the Royal Mint of Spain as a team of crooks try to pull off the biggest robbery in history. 

“I find that life is more or less like a heist, to cleverly choose strategies and how to face various points of view of humans,” writes Adipati.

Salman Aristo: Kingdom

Taking place in the Joseon era, zombie-thriller Kingdom tells the story of how Prince Chang struggles to save his kingdom from a fast-spreading mystery disease.

“It was made beautifully and the series is hardly one-dimensional,” writes Salman. “Although the main focus is its people facing a pandemic, the series gains its weight by speaking about political intrigues with a side of humanity.”

Lukman Sardi: Rise of Empires: Ottoman

A Turkish historical docudrama, it narrates how Ottoman Sultan Mehmed II wages a campaign to take the Byzantine capital of Constantinople and in turn shapes the course of history for centuries.

“I love the themes here, especially since I’m a history aficionado,” writes Lukman. “It has a unique way of storytelling.”

Sheila Timothy: Ugly Delicious

The food show takes popular American chef David Chang around the world as he brings along writers, activists, artists and chefs to delve deep into popular dishes.

"The show talks about food along with its crucial elements: people and culture,” writes Sheila. “Films or series about food always have a special place in my heart. This is why producing Tabula Rasa was so special and I plan to produce another food film this year.” (wng)

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