After the premiere of Rindu Kami Padamu (Of Love and Eggs) in 2004, filmmaker Garin Nugroho got a call from his mother asking whether the film was a tribute to her. He reluctantly affirmed. “Don’t make a film for me, make it for yourself to calm your mind. If you are restful, then so I am,” said his mother as cited by Garin at Goethe-Institute Indonesien’s Arthouse Cinema: Extra program in Jakarta on Aug. 27. Public critics: The audience appraises the works of Garin Nugroho (right) at a discussion and film screening event at Goethe-Insitute Indonesien in Jakarta. (JP/Tertiani ZB Simanjuntak) In the discussion with the audience between the screenings of his two latest films – Kucumbu Tubuh Indahku (Memories of My Body) and Nyai – the 58-year-old filmmaker acknowledged that all of his films reflected his restlessness over an issue or more at …
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