The Jakarta Post
Ratna Sarumpaet (right) JP/Kunang HelmiVESOUL, France : The 16th edition of the Festival International du Cinéma d’Asie was well under way when the Indonesian film director Ratna Sarumpaet, better known for her theatrical work, arrived in France’s industrial town of Vesoul.
Young schoolchildren, students and members of the general public were all enthralled by Ratna’s film Jamila dan Sang Presiden (Jamila and the President).
The discussions that ensued the two screenings of Jamila dan Sang Presiden were heated and long, with the contents of the movie shocking the French audience.
Fellow Asians are more or less accustomed to hearing about child trafficking and prostitution, Filipino director Milo — who also won a prize for his film Pawnshop — told The Jakarta Post, with films dealing with these issues often shown in Southeast Asian cinemas. However, the y...