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Jakarta Post

‘Annisa’ Wins in Paris, sheds light on sensitive issue

  • Gyanindra Ali

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, December 7 2018   /  03:14 am

Annisa, a one-minute film by an Indonesian home filmmaker, was named one of three winners at the 14th Mobile Film Festival, an international online short film festival in Paris on Tuesday.The film by Barry Putra touches on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and intersex plus (LGBTQI+) issues, which is a sensitive topic in Indonesia. His film was named a winner alongside two others — I Am Not Afraid from France and Cycle from Italy. Each of the three winners was awarded an opportunity to work with a real producer and a budget of 20,000 euros (US$25,426) for their next production. Barry said his win came as a surprise. “The other films are as great, the issues they raised are also interesting, and the other filmmakers have great filmmaking experience. This is the first time I made a short film so I did not expect it at all. I did not even prepare a speech. When it was announced...