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Christine Hakim: Going where life leads her

  • Cynthia Webb

    Contributor

Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia   /   Wed, December 8 2010   /  10:44 am

Photo courtesy of Asia Pacific Screen Awards The concept of identity has been on Christine Hakim’s mind for most of her life.In her most famous role as Tjoet Nja Dhien, she played a woman who knew exactly who she was. Most recently, in Eat Pray Love, she played Wayan, a Balinese healer who helps the character of Elizabeth Gilbert (played by Julia Roberts) find her own strength and identity again.“Before I played Tjoet Nja Dhien I was always confused as to where my blood came from, because I could not directly answer the question ‘Where do you come from?’.“I have mixed blood. I grew up in Yogyakarta, Central Java, but my parents, grandparents and great grandparents, are from Padang, Aceh, Banten, Pekalongan, Madiun, and the Middle East. I wanted to know more. When you know your roots you know exactly who you are and where you belong,” Christine explained.The search for pe...