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Jakarta Post

The world today as told by fiction

  • Tertiani ZB Simanjuntak


Jakarta   /   Sat, July 11 2020   /  01:00 am
Stranger than fiction: Works of fiction, like movies, have become a needed distraction from reality during the pandemic. (Courtesy of

Real life is stranger than fiction because people only expect the ordinary. And that’s where the current global health crisis has hit the hardest.  In the past couple of months, people have had to adopt new lifestyles while struggling to get by after a drop in income or job loss. And then there were the frequent live-streaming of funerals for friends or relatives and the strange sight of clear Jakarta skies. Works of fiction have become a needed distraction from reality. People turn to movies for a bit of laughter in dark times or to reclaim the luxury of not being emotionally invested in other people or situations, even if just for a while. Some movies, however, are made to be an intriguing study of human nature, exploring the best and worst of people when facing difficult times. Indonesian film programmer and archivist Lisabona Rahman and German documentary filmm...