Cinema, Sexuality and Censorship in Post-Soeharto Indonesia

Intan Paramaditha

in Southeast Asian Independent Cinema

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print January 2012 | ISBN: 9789888083602
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9789882209114 | DOI:
Cinema, Sexuality and Censorship in Post-Soeharto Indonesia

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The essay explores the connection between the ways in which the new generation of Indonesian filmmakers channelled their aspiration through Masyarakat Film Indonesia/MFI and the larger discourse of post-Soeharto sexual politics. How do the new filmmakers see sexuality, and how does this perspective differ from that of the state? What is the significance of depicting sexuality in contemporary Indonesian cinema? The focus is on the debates around censorship between MFI and the Censorship Board in the Constitutional Court as well some films, particularly “Chants of Lotus” and “Women: In the Cut”, a documentary on how “Chants of Lotus” was afflicted by censorship.

Keywords: Independent Cinema; Southeast Asia; Nia Dinata; In the Cut; Chants of Lotus; Indonesia; Sexuality; Censorship

Chapter.  8515 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Society and Culture

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