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Nia Dinata: Embracing freedom of expression

  • Trisha Sertori

    Contributor

Ubud   /   Thu, April 28 2011   /  07:00 am

JP/J.B.DJWANIndonesian film maker, Nia Dinata is re-visiting her award winning 2003 film, Arisan (The Gathering) that opened the cupboard door on homosexuality in Indonesia.

Following calls for a sequel from fans over the past eight years, Dinata has reassembled the original cast and crew and the next Arisan catches up with the lives of its characters almost a decade on.

“I made the first Arisan back in 2003 just after the period piece Ca Bau Kan [The Courtesan] set in the 1920s. I already had the idea of friendship in modern Jakarta — real friendships are rare these days. Arisan was shot in three weeks on a tiny budget. We did not expect to be so well received. Most Indonesian films that have more than 500,000 viewers are normally horror or children’s films,” says Dinata of the unexpected hit that focuses on the friendship between a man and woman and what happens t...