A letter from a fiction writer/scholar-wannabe to the post-Suharto generation of filmmakers (Criticine, 2009)

Criticine, December 15, 2009

A letter from a fiction writer/scholar-wannabe to the post-Suharto generation of filmmakers*

From Intan Paramaditha

I am writing this letter to you, the post-Suharto generation of Indonesian filmmakers, who in the past decade have revived Indonesian cinema and made the film scene more vibrant than ever. People watch and talk about Indonesian films everywhere: mainstream cinemas, cultural centers, galleries, film festivals, kine-clubs, and universities. Despite, or rather because of, my love for you, please allow me to make an unromantic statement: the more I think about the current problems you are facing, the more I am preoccupied with cartography. This letter is the beginning of an ongoing process of situating you on a map: the larger context of post-authoritarian cultural production in Indonesia.

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