Film Screening: Kantata Takwa
23 June 2018 | 14:00 - 16:00
Jakarta, DKI JAKARTA
IFI Thamrin, Jl. M.H. Thamrin No.20, Jakarta Pusat.
Organized By : Institut Prancis di Indonesia (IFI)
Contact : Institut Prancis di Indonesia (IFI) | +62 21 2355 790
A musical group called Kantata Takwa was born in the late 1980s. It consists of Iwan Fals and Sawung Jabo, Setiawan Djody, WS Rendra, Jockie Suryoprayogo, Donny Fatah, and Innisisri.
Unlike most musical groups, a strong vision of socio-cultural conditions makes Kantata a new representation form of the long journey and the dynamics of life of our people under the New Order regime.
Based on the great concert of Kantata Takwa art project at Gelora Bung Karno Stadium in 1991, film directors Eros Djarot and Gotot Prakosa then created an Indonesian musical documentary. After the concert, Kantata was banned from performing in their next show in Surabaya.
This show was a symbol of opposition to the ruling government at that time, which was voiced loudly in the concert through poems and songs that were full of theatrical nuances.
This film, Kantata Takwa, is a witnessing poem from Indonesian artists about the repressive period of the New Order regime, a period heavily coloured with corruption, collusion, nepotism, and an abundance of arrests, kidnappings, and even murder of activists whose ideologies opposed the rulers at the time.
It has faced many difficulties in the making, because it is loaded with social political themes and strong criticisms over the government, resulting in the making that took 18 years. It was finally released in 2008.
Posted on 2 July 2018