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Jakarta Post

‘K0s0ng’: Animated doc delivers poignant take on reproductive rights

  • Sebastian Partogi


Jakarta   /   Wed, September 16 2020   /  01:00 am
None of your business: Indonesian women who do not bear children often deal with endless questions from their families and communities, as seen in this scene from the 2020 animated documentary, 'K0s0ng' (No One Inside).(Courtesy of Hizart Studio/-)

In a collectivist culture like Indonesia’s, one of the ways that a patriarchal society polices women’s rights over their own bodies is by pressuring them to have children, no matter whether the women want to have children or not. Their personal experiences dealing with social pressures and judgments from their nosy neighbors inspired husband-wife filmmakers Chonie Prysilia and Hizkia Subiyantoro to create a feature-length animated documentary called K0s0ng (empty), released under the English title No One Inside. The filmmaking couple, currently living in Yogyakarta, deliberately decided not to have children. “I was called ‘gabug’ by a neighbor. I didn’t speak Javanese, so I asked my husband what that meant. Literally, the word refers to [an empty rice husk], but metaphorically, it refers to infertile women,” Chonie told The Jakarta Post ...