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`Ruma Maida' portrays the country's history

  • Triwik Kurniasari

    THE JAKARTA POST

JAKARTA   /   Sun, November 1 2009   /  11:57 am
A scene from Ruma Maida (Courtesy of Lamp Pictures and Karunia Pictures)" src="http://www.thejakartapost.com/files/images/sp18-b_4.jpg" alt="A scene from Ruma Maida (Courtesy of Lamp Pictures and Karunia Pictures)

A scene from Ruma Maida (Courtesy of Lamp Pictures and Karunia Pictures)Every building has its own history, whether it is a 100 or just 10 years old. Even the most humble building has a story to tell. And who knows who will find a rundown house holding important stories about Indonesia's long history? Maida Lilian Manurung (Atiqah Hasiholan) is one such person, a modest and tomboyish university student in the film Ruma Maida (Maida's House), written by Ayu Utami and directed by Teddy Soeriaatmadja. In between studying for her history degree, Maida spends her time teaching street children in an old house in Jakarta. She turns the once-deserted house into a "palace" for the children - a place where they can sing, laugh and play music together. Maida finds the house has many stories and existed through several historical events, such as the Dutch and Japanese colonization. ...