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CHANTS OF LOTUS / PEREMPUAN PUNYA CERITA Screening – Wednesday, April 29, 7pm, Broad Hall 210, Pitzer College; Pizza Party at 6:30pm


In person: Fatimah Tobing Rony (Director)

Four women filmmakers tackle four different stories about lives of marginalized women in Indonesia: in “Chant From an Island”, a midwife in a deserted island sacrifices her dying health to rescue a mentally challenged woman; in “Chant From a Tourist Town”, a high-school student toys around with an overwhelming access to free sex, which may put her life in jeopardy; in “Chant From a Village”, a single mother is forced to see her daughter and her best friend fall victims to women and children trafficking syndicate; and in “Chant From the Capital City”, a middle class Chinese woman is about to be separated from her only daughter because of an HIV threat.

This film was heavily censored by the Indonesian government.  The uncensored version (if available) will be screened. Some scenes are graphic and shocking.  This film is intended for mature audiences.


Directors: Fatimah Tobing Rony, Upi Avianto, Nia diNata, Lasja F. Susatyo

Cast: Rieke Dyah Pitaloka, Rachel Maryam, Arswendy Nasution, Kirana Larasati, Fauzi Baadila, Shanty, Susan Bachtiar, Sarah Sechan

For more information, go to the film’s web site (in Indonesian), or view film trailer on YouTube, for information in English, search on google, internet movie database (IMDB), or YouTube.

The film screening will be preceded by a pizza party, both events are free and open to the publicThis is our final screening for the mini-festival, thanks to everyone who helped out and participated!

Posted by Ming-Yuen S. Ma

April 22, 2009 at 11:34 pm 10 comments


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