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Jakarta Post

Ifa Isfansyah: The man behind ‘Sang Penari’

  • Agus Maryono

    The Jakarta Post

Banyumas, Central Java   /   Tue, November 22 2011   /  08:00 am

JP/Agus MaryonoIfa Isfansyah is familiar to Indonesian filmgoers, most notably after his successful Garuda di Dadaku (Garuda in My Heart), was released three years ago.

Now, Ifa is garnering further praise with his new film Sang Penari (The Dancer).

Shot not long after Garuda, the new picture that premiered on Nov. 10 took about three years to complete, which he said was an exhausting undertaking.     

Since it presents the story of a ronggeng or lengger (dancing girl) in Banyumas, Central Java, the film was also produced mostly in Banyumas.

Ifa spent months in search of candidates for the main character, Srintil, in Banyumas, but failed to find anyone from there to play the dancer there and instead got someone from Jakarta.

“I’m indeed eager to make films depicting the nation’s cultural values. I certainly hope the pictures...