A film by Hanung Bramantyo
Presented by Indonesian Film Forum New York and The New School
Friday, December 8th, 2017 at 6:30PM–9:30PM
The Auditorium Johnson/Kaplan Hall, New School
66 West 12th Street, New York, NY 10011
$5 with indonesian refreshment drink and snacks
English subtitle, 122 mins
Raden Ajeng Kartini (April 21, 1879–September 17, 1904) was an Indonesian heroine who fought for women’s emancipation and the abolishment of systemic misogyny. In her short life, Kartini empowered young women to pursue higher education and strive for their equality. Her legacy is celebrated every year on Kartini Day (April 21).
The biographical film Kartini follows the titular heroine’s journey right after she was placed into pingit, a traditional practice where young girls lived in seclusion until they were ready to marry. During her time in school, Kartini became proficient at speaking Dutch—a remarkable feat for Javanese women then—and made friends with foreigners across the world. This ensured her continuation of education and fostered her interest in feminist ideals hailing from Europe, which eventually bloomed into a desire to elevate the status of Indonesian women.
Dian Sastrowardoyo (What’s Up With Love?), a Deauville Asian Film Festival winner for best actress, plays the role of Kartini. She is accompanied by Citra Award-winner Christine Hakim (Whispering Sands) and the prolific actor Reza Rahadian (Habibie & Ainun).
Supported by the Indonesian Consulate General in New York, Permias NYC, LA Indonesian Film Festival, Legacy Pictures, the Indonesian Ministry of Education and Culture, the Indonesian Ministry of Tourism and Bekraf.