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Jakarta Post

‘Soegija’ sends a message of humanity

  • Indah Setiawati

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sun, June 3 2012   /  01:27 pm

Since filmmaker Garin Nugroho announced his upcoming film Soegija, he has had to face many questions.

The most frequent one was his reason for choosing Mgr. Albertus Magnus Soegijapranata SJ or Soegija, the first local-born Archbishop in the country.

His status as a national hero and the use of his name for a prominent Catholic university in Central Java do not necessarily make him a famous figure compared to other national heroes who fill the pages of school history books.

Garin, who has been behind award-winning films like Opera Jawa (Requiem from Java) and Daun di Atas Bantal (Leaf on a Pillow), explained that he tried to select a communicative film that could speak to the community.

“Soegija tries to open up problems that have not yet been unveiled or firmly addressed by our leaders,” Garin says.

“Multiple cultures will become our problem ...