(Courtesy of SBO Films)
Meet Ifa Isfansyah, again. If the name does not sound familiar, despite repeated brief mentions in several articles found in this paper in the past, that is because Ifa has been largely under the radar in the commercial-friendly Indonesian film scene.
Born in Yogyakarta 30 years ago, Ifa made his name in short films at both local and international levels.
Among his notable works are Harap Tenang, Ada Ujian! (Be Quiet, Exam in Progress!), a unique observation on the 2006 World Cup against the backdrop of the major earthquake in Yogyakarta around the same time, and Huan Chen Guang (Happiness Morning Light), a 15-minute film on the personal impact on a local Chinese girl of the 1998 riots.
Harap Tenang won the award for best short film at the much-derided 2006 Indonesian Festival Film, and Huan Chen Guang was included in t...