Observational Documentary Comes to Indonesia

David Hanan

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:
Observational Documentary Comes to Indonesia

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The essay explores Aryo Danusiri’s observational documentary “Lukas’ Moment”, a film made in Merauke in the province of West Papua. It will situate Danusiri’s first work of observational cinema, “Lukas’ Moment”, in the context of the work of a number of key filmmakers who pioneered these interrelated documentary movements, among them, Jean Rouch and Frederick Wiseman, and an Australian documentary collaboration with Aboriginal people made in 1981, “Two Laws”.

Keywords: Independent Cinema; Southeast Asia; Observational Documentary; Indonesia; Aryo Danusiri; Lukas’ Moment; Jean Rouch; Frederick Wiseman

Chapter.  5297 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Society and Culture

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