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Netflix teams up with Nia Dinata, Hadrah Daeng Ratu for original Indonesian films

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The Jakarta Post

Jakarta  /  Thu, August 13, 2020  /  05:22 pm
Netflix teams up with Nia Dinata, Hadrah Daeng Ratu for original Indonesian films

Filmmaker Nia Dinata during an event in South Jakarta on April 2, 2019. (Tribunnews/Lendy Ramadhan)

Local production house Starvision and filmmaker Nia Dinata have signed a deal with Netflix to deliver two original Indonesian films to the streaming platform.

The two films are slated for release in 2021 and will be directed by Nia and Hadrah Daeng Ratu.

“We are excited to partner with Starvision and Kalyana Shira and to welcome Nia and Hadrah to Netflix. Both are talented Indonesian female filmmakers with passionate visions,” Myleeta Aga, Netflix director of content for Southeast Asia Australia and New Zealand, said in a statement.

The new films will join the growing list of Indonesian movies currently available on Netflix, including Love for Sale, Humba Dreams and Aruna and Her Palate.  

Nia Dinata said, “I’m thrilled to be working with Netflix for this new project and I always believe that storytelling, be it feature films, series or documentaries, can bring people together, no matter where they live or what language they speak. I’m very honored that Netflix provides us this opportunity to tell Indonesian stories to the world.”

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Writer, producer and director Nia is noted for her progressive views on women and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in her films. Her most popular movies include Arisan! (The Gathering, 2003), Berbagi Suami (Love for Share, 2006) and musical drama Ini Kisah Tiga Dara (This is the Story of Three Girls, 2016).  

Hadrah Daeng Ratu, who is known for directing horror movies, commented, “I always love the diversity of stories that we can see on Netflix and how they work with various storytellers from around the world, from award-winning directors to young filmmakers, and give them access to reach global audiences. I hope this new film will not only speak to Indonesian audiences but also young people everywhere.”

In July, it was announced that Guru-Guru Gokil (Crazy Awesome Teachers) would skip movie theaters because of the pandemic and will be released on Netflix on Aug. 17. It will be the second Indonesian Netflix Original movie, with the first being Timo Tjahjanto’s The Night Comes for Us.

Produced by BASE Entertainment, Guru-Guru Gokil will be available in 190 countries with subtitles in 17 languages, including English, Thai, Japanese and French. (wng)

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