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Jakarta Post

The riddle of Damien Dematra

  • Louise Lavabre


JAKARTA   /   Sun, August 1 2010   /  03:39 pm

Damien Dematra: Courtesy of Damien DematraIt is 11:10 a.m. Writer Damien Dematra appears in the corridor that leads to the restaurant where we have an appointment. Dressed in black, his long hair tight in an elastic, his gait rhythmed by his leather boots, Damien looks like a rock star. He could actually be one. Damien has been successively a painter, a photographer, a writer and is now a director. He recently co-directed with John de Rantau Obama Anak Menteng (Obama the Menteng Kid) a movie about the Indonesian childhood of the American president in the late sixties. The film was based on his novel of the same name published in March 2010. This film inevitably raised controversy about its content and the production process. How can you produce a movie about the life of the president of the US in less than three months (two months of pre-production and twenty one days of ...