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Jakarta Post

Ayu Utami, nationalism and `Ruma Maida'

  • Iwan Setiawan


Jakarta   /   Sun, November 1 2009   /  11:57 am

Ayu Utami is known as a talented authoress whose works have won literary awards from various institutions at home and abroad. With a strong portfolio in her pocket, she is now trying to work on another challenging field: becoming a scriptwriter. She has finished her maiden work, a movie script for Ruma Maida, which is now being screened at cinemas. "Ruma Maida tells about Maida, an idealistic girl. She runs a school for street children in an abandoned old building. The furniture in the classroom is made of used stuffs," Ayu said. One day, a businessman buys the land and plans to turn it into a business center. Maida and the students are threatened to leave their "school". She struggles very hard to keep the school running. On her struggle to defend her ideas, Maida reveals a mystery around that old building. The mystery eventually leads her to understand parts of thi...