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Jakarta Post

Indonesian film director Livi Zheng faces 3 barriers in Hollywood

  • The Jakarta Post

    The Jakarta Post

  /   Thu, August 20, 2015   /  12:27 pm

Film director Livi Zheng may have been proud of herself as the first Indonesian female director who managed to enter the Hollywood movie industry.

Born in Blitar, East Java, 26-year-old Livi is the director of action movie Brush With Danger, which was released across the US in November 2014.

The movie also entered the Oscar'€™s short list for Best Picture in 2015.

Yet such achievement does not come easy, said Livi in a recent interview with Antara news agency.

Livi, who is ethnically Chinese, said that she faced three barriers when she started her film career in Hollywood

"The three barriers that I faced when building my career in the Hollywood film industry were being an Asian, being young and being a woman," Livi said.

Livi said it was not easy to have a career in the very competitive film industry, which was dominated by highly experienced white males.

Livi said she began her career trying different positions in film making productions, from set stylist to scriptwriter to production assistant.

Then, in 2014, Livi finally got the opportunity to direct Brush With Danger largely because of her experience with martial arts.

Before flying to America, Livi was a stuntwoman for an Indonesian drama series Laksamana Cheng Ho (Admiral Cheng Ho). (ika)(++++)

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