Kantata Takwa (Indonesia 1992/2008) Introduced by Director Gotot Prakosa with a Q&A following the screening

02/29/2012 - 5:00pm - 7:30pm

Gotot Prakosa's best known and recently re-released film Kantata Takwa (Cantata of Devotion, 2008) is an incisive, epic combination of rock opera, film-poem, and Islam-infused political protest. Shot in 1990, then banned for over a decade by the Indonesian state,the film alternates between a rebellious, revelatory concert-cum-demonstration by several of Indonesia’s most popular musicians and artists, and dark, dream-like scenes imagining an awful, totalitarian future under the continuing dictatorship of then-president Suharto. Through its jarring visual and cultural juxtapositions, the film also provides a fascinating example of the changing discourses of Islam, gender and political radicalism in the transition between 1990 and the present. Since its release, Kantata Takwa has received 8 international awards and has screened at over 30 film festivals around the world.

Name: Verena Mund
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Phone: 612-624-8099
Sponsored by: Moving Image Studies (MIMS), Institute for Global Studies, Cultural Studies & Comparative Literature, the Imagine Fund Arts & Humanities Chair 2011-2013, Institute for Advanced Study

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