Cultural Specificity in Indonesian Film

Diversity in Unity

Authors: Hanan, David

  • The only book in English that explores systematically films regarded in Indonesia as classics
  • Surveys the pre-1950 production industry from its beginnings in the colonial period in 1926
  • Addresses directly issues of cultural specificity and cultural difference
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About this book

This book explores ways in which diverse regional cultures in Indonesia and their histories have been expressed in film since the early 1950s. It also explores underlying cultural dominants within the new nation, established at the end of 1949 with the achievement of independence from Dutch colonialism. It sees these dominants—for example forms of group body language and forms of consultation—not simply as a product of the nation, but as related to unique and long standing formations and traditions in the numerous societies in the Indonesian archipelago, on which the nation is based. Nevertheless, the book is not concerned only with past traditions, but explores ways in which Indonesian filmmakers have addressed, critically, distinctive aspects of their traditional societies in their feature films (including at times the social position of women), linking past to the present, where relevant, in dynamic ways. 

About the authors

David Hanan is Adjunct Senior Research Associate of Film and Screen Studies at the School of Media, Film and Journalism, Monash University, Australia. He has published widely on Indonesian cinema, including articles and book chapters published by the East-West Film Journal, Oxford University Press, Routledge, Hong Kong UP, the prestigious Cornell based journal Indonesia, Oxford Islamic Studies online, and Third Text. 

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“Careful scholarship, deep understanding of cinema and a keen historical consciousness are vitally present in this manuscript. A fine perceptiveness and deeply felt humanism enliven its pages. This book will prove to be an invaluable resource to scholars of cinema, Asian studies, cultural studies, visual anthropology, media studies, political science, and international relations.” (Professor Wimal Dissanayake, Academy for Creative Media, University of Hawai'i)

“With meticulous research and great sensitivity regarding the multitudes of Indonesian cultures, David Hanan’s book elegantly provides a panoramic yet analytic view of this vital aspect of Indonesian cinema. Readers will get an insider-like perspective as Hanan has long had cordial relations with key persons in the Indonesian film world.” (Dr Budi Irawanto, Associate Professor of Communications, Gadjah Mada University, Yogyakarta; Director, Jogja-Netpac Asian Film Festival)

“David Hanan's book provides a chronology of Indonesian film history from the moment of its birth - a chronology that, pleasingly, is not restricted to industrial matters. My films, Meta-Ekologi and Dongeng dari Dirah, are discussed in depth and I find here a reflective space which more fully understands my own films. After 50 years of us making new kinds of films, now at last we have a thinker about film who discusses our films in depth.” (Sardono W. Kusuma, Director of Meta-Ekologi, 1979 and Dongeng dari Dirah, 1992)              

Table of contents (7 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Hanan, David

    Pages 1-21

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  • Indonesia: An Emerging Nation

    Hanan, David

    Pages 23-51

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  • Intermittent Industries: Film Production in Indonesia over Nine Decades

    Hanan, David

    Pages 53-90

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  • Regions and Regional Societies and Cultures in the Indonesian Cinema

    Hanan, David

    Pages 91-157

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  • Group Body Language in Performance Art, Films and Dance by the Indonesian Avant-Garde

    Hanan, David

    Pages 159-191

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Hardcover 93,59 €
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-40873-6
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  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Cultural Specificity in Indonesian Film
Book Subtitle
Diversity in Unity
Authors
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-40874-3
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-40874-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-40873-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIX, 331
Number of Illustrations and Tables
37 illustrations in colour
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