Nearest neighbour: Indonesia

31 January 2019

  • Sector: Building Cultural Understanding / Society and Culture
  • Country location: Australia
  • Grantee: BOFA Ltd
Dark cinema full of people
The audience arrives ready to be entertained and challenged (Credit: Scott Gelston)

Project description

NEAREST NEIGHBOUR — Indonesia is a mystery to many Australians so the Tasmanian Breath of Fresh Air Film Festival has curated four Indonesian films to intrigue, inspire and inform us.

  • Ola Sita Ina Wae — Indonesian filmmaker, Vivian Idris, traces the work of PEKKA, a women’s empowerment CSO that collaborates with over 50,000 female heads of household across Indonesia. In Nusa Tenggara Timur province their work lead to the election of a PEKKA member as head of her village.
  • Seen and Unseen (Sekala Niskala ) — Directed by Kamila Andini, Indonesia’s most talented new film maker, Seen and Unseen is set in Bali and lyrically explores themes of spirituality and duality. 
  • Jalanan ('Streetside') — a captivating story of three gifted, charismatic bus musicians in Jakarta and their quirky sub-culture. It paints a powerful portrait of Indonesia's frenzied capital city that is raw, humorous and brutally honest.
  • Memories of My Body (Kucumbu tubuh indahku) — Directed by leading Indonesian film maker, Garin Nugroho, this film revolves around four episodes in a young dancer's formative years. It observes the destructive nature of traditional manhood and the catastrophic consequences it can bring about in its gay protagonist.

Key dates

4 film screenings, Launceston, Tasmania, 16 May 2019 to 19 May 2019

1 screening of Seen and Unseen, Hobart Tasmania, 11 May 2019 to 11 May 2019

Nearest Neighbour cocktail party, Launceston, Tasmania, 17 May 2019 to 17 May 2019

  • Australia-Indonesia Institute grant offer: $3,500.00
  • Total project value: $6,500
  • Social media:, #Bofa2019, #nearest neighbour,
Last Updated: 31 January 2019