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Jakarta Post

Nia Dinata: All it takes is courage

  • Mariani Dewi


JAKARTA   /   Sun, March 29 2009   /  12:53 pm

Lately, the advertisement pages of the latest movies showing at cinemas usually dedicate at least half a page to locally made movies. Some theaters have local movies dominating the screens. Local films have reawakened, sending a breath of fresh air through the film industry. But a longer glance may be needed to differentiate one from another, as the posters are dominated by either horror movies or chick flicks. The horror films center on the never-out-of-fashion pocong, a ghost wrapped in a winding sheet. The chick flick posters are loaded with sexual humor and suggestive titles. A 39-year-old female filmmaker Nia Dinata tells different stories. Her movies present issues many others dare not raise – homo-sexuality, polygamy, the lives of trafficked women, or even real-life sexuality. Nia Dinata talked to The Jakarta Post about the trend and what it takes to swim against ...