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Indonesia on screen: Five documentaries capture the archipelago's glory

Vania Evan

The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta  /  Wed, February 24, 2021  /  12:39 pm
Indonesia on screen: Five documentaries capture the archipelago's glory

Still from 'Filosofi Kopi: Aroma Gayo' with actor Rio Dewanto (right) (Filosofi Kopi: Aroma Gayo/Courtesy of 'Filosofi Kopi: Aroma Gayo')

Home to a wide range of natural glory, from Sabang to Merauke, Indonesia is abundant in cultural gems not to be overlooked. While distance, cost and the current pandemic may constraint us from bearing witness to the uniqueness Indonesia has to offer, some documentaries let us escape the confines of our homes for scenarios that elicit a sense of pride and belonging. Here are five rural documentaries made by local creators that serve as vehicles to higher appreciation of our cultural richness: Filosofi Kopi: Aroma Gayo (2020)
Dir. Rahung Nasution / 27 minutes
Available on Bioskop Online (bioskoponline.com) The film follows actor Rio Dewanto on his journey to the land of Gayo coffee, delving deep into what lies behind each sip of coffee. As the world's largest arabica-coffee-producing region, Gayo is a place that is close to the heart of coffee aficionados includi...