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Jakarta Post

Immigrants drawn by magnetic Bali

  • The Jakarta Post

Contributor, Bali   /   Thu, June 12 2008   /  10:18 am
Dancer Bulantrisna Djelantik performs a “healing dance” in a scene from Under the Tree. (JP/J. B. Djwan)(JP/J. B. Djwan)

Indonesia's premiere film maker, Garin Nugroho, revels in the archipelago's cultural diversity: it's stories that span hundreds of different lifetimes, which despite those differences beat with the same human heart. Nugroho is currently finishing his most recent film, Under the Tree, which is being shot in Bali and due for release later this year. He says the film examines Bali's emerging immigrant culture through the eyes of three women. Through the film he weaves Jakartan and Balinese culture, touching on dilemmas, heartbreak, love and hope, emotions that affect every life, regardless of cultural background. "The film is set in Bali because it is one of the most important places in Indonesia. A place everyone dreams of. Also, I always make films in local areas, such Papua, Sumba, NTT, because I think the beauty of Indonesia is in its multiculturalism. ...