Indonesian Documentary Film Development is the Best in Southeast Asia

Putu Radar Bahurekso    •    Selasa, 25 Aug 2015 14:29 WIB
Indonesian Documentary Film Development is the Best in Southeast Asia
Movies festival at Arkipel. (Photo:, Jakarta: The development of Indonesia's documentary films is currently well, as Indonesia can be said as the best in Southeast Asia in terms of documentary developments.

It was deliberated by Hafiz, the Artistic Director of ARKIPEL Festival.

"For documentaries, we are grateful. Indonesia is one of the best. In Southeast Asia, it can be said that we're the best. For international level, we're also great," explained Hafiz when met at Goethe Institute, Jakarta, Saturday (8/22/2015).

Documentary films in Indonesia has been part of the society. In the past, there were groups of society making documentary movies about democracy, as the government is now starting to make a documentary.

It is a film featuring the recorded events and facts.

"We have a tradition of making documentaries starting from the groups of society. The government loves to make documentaries about the condition of the country. Documentary is a film serving the factual records," said Hafiz.

"Since the 2000 era, there were the new aesthetics in crafting documentaries. I think it is enriching," he added.

As the receptacle for documentaries, the Forum Lenteng community is holding a documentary festival titled ARKIPEL. 

The festival was hoped to provide alternative films to be enjoyed, aside from commercial movies.

ARKIPEL Jakarta International Documentary & Experimental Film Festival this time will compete 35 films from over a thousand entries.

It is not just a film festival, but also film exhibition, performances, curatorial program, presentation, movies screening and the awarding night.

ARKIPEL Film Festival is held at various locations, such as Kineforum, Goethehaus, Taman Ismail Marzuki, IFI, Blitz Megaplex Pacific Place, the Auditorium of Jakarta Art Institute (Institut Kesenian Jakarta) and @america.

The event started from August 19 to 29, 2015.