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Jakarta Post

Two movies to celebrate Pramoedya’s legacy

  • Yuliasri Perdani

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, July 13 2019   /  02:31 am

Allegiance: Set during the Japanese occupation of Indonesia during World War II, Perburuan (The Fugitive) follows an Indonesian soldier named Hardo (Adipati Dolken) who leads a nationalist army revolt. The stakes are high for the upcoming movie adaptations of Bumi Manusia (This Earth of Mankind) and Perburuan (The Fugitive). They could bring Pramoedya Ananta Toer’s brilliance to a wider audience — or be great disappointments. Director Hanung Bramantyo knows well that he cannot please everyone when it comes to movie adaptations, especially if they are based on a novel written by one of the most celebrated Indonesian authors, Pramoedya “Pram” Ananta Toer. “Making a film of Pram’s work is beyond a job. It is a dedication,” he said in a press conference in Jakarta on July 4. When Hanung was entrusted with adapting Bumi Manusia (This Earth of Mankind) — the...