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Jakarta Post

Daniel Rudi Haryanto: Serving society through film

  • Ika Krismantari

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, November 15 2011   /  08:00 am

JP/Ika KrismantariIt was the great Vladimir Lenin that brought Daniel Rudi Haryanto to film.

Once an aspiring painter, Rudi swerved toward the world of film after reading Lenin, who wrote: “the most important of the arts is cinema”.

With the intent to test Lenin’s words, Rudi applied to the Jakarta Institute of Arts (IKJ) in 1998 and chose a film major.

Rudi, who has many talents in the arts, from painting and poetry to dance and music, realized that Lenin was right. “Canvas cannot accommodate all my ideas and anxieties, while video can,” said Rudi, who studied at the Yogyakarta High School of the Arts (SMSR).

After discovering that cinema is the strongest art, Rudi decided to make the most of it and try and serve society.

For that noble reason, Rudi deliberately chose documentaries as his focus.

“I love documentaries because they dra...