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Jakarta Post

‘Tilik’, sexist stereotypes and our collective insanity

  • Julia Suryakusuma


Jakarta   /   Wed, September 16 2020   /  01:00 am
Most-talked about movie: A scene from the award-winning short movie Tilik (Visit), which has gone viral since its official launch on YouTube last month. The movie centers on housewives who are gossiping in the back of an open truck on their way to visit their respected local leader(Courtesy of/Ravacana Films)

Are there some movie characters you love to hate, e.g. Maleficent, the Joker, Darth Vader? After all, antagonistic characters are what make the protagonist look good right? Indonesian netizens are currently transfixed by one such character, Bu Tejo, from the 32-minute short film Tilik. First released in 2018, the producers uploaded it on YouTube on Aug. 17 this year. It went viral, became a trending topic on Twitter, tweeted 28,000 times, while #buTejo was tweeted over 61,000 times. In less than a week since it was first uploaded on YouTube, it had been viewed more than 5.2 million times. The story line: A group of hijab-wearing emak-emak  (housewives) from a village in Bantul near Yogyakarta, ride in the back of an open truck to visit their Bu Lurah (female subdistrict head) who is sick in hospital  (see Short film Tilik grabs netizen’s attention with ‘ghibah...