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‘Tilik’ a sexist film? Really?

  • Sebastian Partogi

    Jakarta

Jakarta   /   Wed, September 23 2020   /  01:00 am
On the road: The short film Tilik follows a group of women riding in the back of an open-bed truck on their way to visit their Bu Lurah (subdistrict head), who is in the hospital. Tilik is a tradition of group visits to friends or relatives who are unwell.(JP/Courtesy of Ravacana Films)

It has been curious to see how a seemingly apolitical and nonideological – therefore quite harmless – film like Tilik has sparked a heated controversy, especially on social media, after it was uploaded to YouTube last month. The film has drawn ire from all four directions of the political and economic compass, so much so that somebody shared a tongue-in-cheek yet serious four-quadrant diagram breaking down the four types of outrage on WhatsApp. The diagram’s X axis represents the spectrum of economic beliefs from far left to far right and the Y axis represents the spectrum of political beliefs from authoritarian to libertarian. If you are a left-wing authoritarian, you will perceive the film as insulting to villagers; if you are a right-wing authoritarian you will deem it as an offense to women who wear the hijab, even to Islam. Meanwhile, a right-wing libertar...