The highly acclaimed Indonesian novel Ronggeng Dukuh Paruk (The Dancer from Paruk Village) tells the life and love of a traditional dancer. Penned by Ahmad Tohari, it was made into a film titled Darah dan Mahkota Ronggeng (The Blood and Crown of A Dancer) in 1983.
Courtesy of Salto FilmsDirected by Yazman Yazid and starring Ray Sahetapy and Enny Beatrice, the film received harsh criticism because the filmmaker moved too far and turned the film into X-rated material, while failing to capture the real message of the book.
It upset the writer, Tohari, and he vowed not to watch the flick.
More than two decades later, another film director has picked up the novel and made it into a film. This time, the flick has the author practically weeping with joy. A big smile finally flashes on his face, and he says he considers it a sublime adaptation of his writing, without losing the...