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Early this year, a group of adventure motorcycle enthusiasts rode their bike on an event called Indonesia Rally Adventure (IAR). Led by Kadex Ramayadi, a prominent name in two wheels off-road and Reza Dana, both are come from Bali. Their 7-day trip took them to visit several regions including a famous pre-historic Waerebo Village, Watukodi Beach, Bena Village, Koka Beach, Kelimutu Mountain, Mbay Nagekeo City, and Riung City. They departed from Labuan Bajo and finished in the same city.

 

To keep safety and comfort on the off-road track, they limited the participant only up to 35 persons. They really want to enjoy the beautiful scenery of Flores and avoid trouble. "Imagine if there is a single track with over 100 motorcycle queuing to go through, there is no comfort anymore." Kadex explained. "Participant must use dual-purpose tires or knobby off-road tires, but we do not limited on the engine capacity. Some of them use a 150cc dirt bike, some others have larger like a 1200cc adventure motorcycle. We provide a newbie-friendly cross country track so that a large engine capacity motorcycle still can go through." said the tall man.

The event itself brought the participants to indulge with nature. In a week trip, they slept on the tents for 3 days. The interesting thing is, there were participants who brought 2 support cars with crews and equipment to provide them with tents and portable kitchen which cater soup and other kind of meals.

"The track in IAR is a combination with both paved and unpaved off-road roads, but with total 1,250km distance, mostly are unpaved off-road roads. All the participants felt very satisfied when we touched the finish line." said Kadex with a smile

"One of the unforgettable moment is when a female participant got stung by a scorpion when she put on her gloves at Koka Beach. She didn't realise that there was a scorpion inside her gloves. That remind us to take care of our belonging very careful and do not leave them carelessly. Luckily, the scorpion wasn't big enough so a light medical treatment was enough to take care of the bite." Kadex  said.

Flores' natural heat is a real challenge for participants. But all of that paid off by the natural beauty of Flores and the hospitality of the people found during the trip. The track that Kadex led the participants left a special impression on their mind. Some thought the path was quite challenging, some said it was very hard, and some of them even overwhelmed.

The last day is closed with an interesting moment when they visited Komodo National Park. Komodo Island is one of two islands in the world, the other one is Rinca Island, that have these infamous Komodo lizards. There are roughly 4000 lizards on the island and about 200 inhabitants. (Yes people actually live there!)

"In the middle of this year we plan to hold another IAR event at the same location in East Nusa Tenggara because the place is really challenging to explore the beauty of nature and culture," Kadex closed.

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As a serviced residence, Ascott Waterplace Surabaya entices guests with competitive room rates that come with relatively bigger space compared to hotels- its smallest size bedroom is 46 meters square, while hotels on average are 28 square meters. Visitors can choose amongst the one, two, or three bedroom apartments, all furnished with a kitchen, living room, and home entertainment system. The 33 storey residence is home to 100 one bedroom units ranging between 46 to 53 square meters, 66 two bedroom units ranging between 90 to 100 square meters, 15 three bedroom units sized 113 square meters, and one bedroom Penthouse. The rooms exude a modern and homey feel, plus points are the spacious bathroom and the additional audio system that comes with the TV. The kitchen is equipped with a refrigerator, cooker hob and hood, microwave oven, electric kettler, rice cooker, glassware, cutlery and utensils. Giving a more spacious effect is the floor-to-ceiling mirrors placed in the units. Another perk of the property is that it commands a strong sense of privacy. Unlike 5 star hotels that offer rows and rows of food options for breakfast, serviced apartments keep their options to only what is conventionally on high demand. And in the case of Ascott Waterplace Surabaya, select quality options for breakfast keeps the guests happy. Completing the residence complex are two swimming pools, a gym, barbecue area, and children play area. If cooking a meal in the apartment is not a priority, the property is situated right next to Pakuwon Mall, the biggest shopping mall in Surabaya that serves various food options. Three golf courses are in the vicinity of the property; Ciputra Golf and Country Club, Bukit Darmo Golf, and within walking distance is the Pakuwon Golf and Family Club. Situated in the Western part of Surabaya, Ascott Waterplace Surabaya attracts those seeking quick access to toll roads with destinations such as the industrial quarters surrounding Surabaya. This part of town is about 35 minutes away from downtown, and has gained a reputation as the next big thing for Surabaya with new developments serving both residential and business needs. With the west outer ring road (Jalur Lingkar Luar Barat) development set to be complete this year also adds appeal to the area, with 11 big developers already signing up for development licenses. Ascott Waterplace Surabaya is one of the properties under management of The Ascott Limited, based in Singapore focused in managing serviced residences across the globe. Other brands within the group are Somerset and Citadines, all of which are present in seven cities in Indonesia with a total of 17 properties by 2020. The Ascott Limited has been operating in Indonesia for over two decades. Globally, The Ascott Limited is present in 130 cities in 30 countries. Owner of Ascott Waterplace Surabaya is the Pakuwon Group, which also owns Somerset Berlian Jakarta serviced apartments also managed by The Ascott Limited. Furthering its investments in Indonesia, in late 2018 The Ascott Limited invested US$26 million- equivalent to 70% stake- in Green Oak Hotel Management, the holding company for Tauzia Hotel Management. This move puts The Ascott Limited to go beyond its serviced residences business model. Tauzia brands include Harris Hotels, Yello Hotels and Pop! Hotels with a portfolio of over 120 hotels. The partnership with Tauzia will see 60 new hotels being introduced in Indonesia in the near future. Also in late 2018 The Ascott Limited signed an agreement with Ciputra Development Group to manage the service residences properties set to be developed by Ciputra in Indonesia and China for the coming five years. The first property come up from this alliance will be the Citadines Sudirman Jakarta which is set to be open in 2021. 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There are four key features to the design of that allow TaylorMade to maximize ball speed, working in unison to allow every M5 and M6 driver to be precision-tuned in a new, rigorous process to maximize speed to the allowable limit. These are ultra-thin titanium faces with redesigned inverted cone technology; re-engineered and more flexible Hammerhead 2.0 slots; internal support foam with variable amounts of injected resin; and finally, the application of a proprietary algorithm to tune each driver head. Each M5 and M6 driver head is inspected, measured and tuned to attain the maximum speed and to ensure conformity, something that is done to guarantee satisfaction for golfers and unmatched in the industry. Whereas current drivers vary from one to the next, TaylorMade's new engineering and development processes effectively deliver a level of precision that ensures every golfer attains the perfect stroke. 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From high-ranking government officials shaping Indonesia’s national policies, to an accidental face in the fight against sexual harassment; from chief executives of the country’s largest corporations to the technology startup founder committed to providing job opportunities for the disabled; from critically acclaimed film directors, to the self-proclaimed “Trash Princess,” women across Indonesia are leading and defining the country’s government, corporate world, professional landscape, tech ecosystem, creative sector and social activism.

Their voices, achievements and stories have been an inspiration to millions of Indonesians, both male and female. GlobeAsia’s inaugural list of Indonesia’s 99 Most Inspiring Women pays homage to half of the country’s population that are all too often underrepresented. Indeed, this year marks the first time we at GlobeAsia diverged from creating a list of Indonesia’s 99 most powerful women, instead choosing to highlight the members of our society through a more exhaustive and comprehensive lens: their inspirational impact on the Indonesian psyche.

Had we simply continued to publish the list of Indonesia’s most powerful women as we have done since 2007, we would not have been able to highlight the plight of Baiq Nuril, a schoolteacher in Indonesia’s far-flung province of West Nusa Tenggara, who was sentenced to six months in prison and a fine of Rp 500 million ($35,000) by the Supreme Court for sharing a voice recording of the former head of the school where she worked verbally harassing her. Nor would we have been able to profile Tatong Bara, the re-elected mayor of Kotamobagu, a little-known city in North Sulawesi, which under her leadership has won 49 national accolades between 2013 and 2017, including awards for good governance, urban planning and as Indonesia’s cleanest city in 2016.

By listing Indonesia’s most inspiring women, we are also able to salute the likes of Rini Soemarno, Indonesia’s minister of state-owned-enterprises, who was instrumental in the recent sale of PT Freeport Indonesia to state-owned mining holding company PT Indonesia Asahan Aluminium (Inalum).

The stories of these women that fill GlobeAsia’s first quarterly publication in truth represent a small fraction of the inspiring stories that can be found around us daily, the stories of our mothers and daughters and sisters, of our peers and employees and leaders. By highlighting the stories of Indonesia’s 99 Most Inspiring Women, the GlobeAsia editorial team envision that year by year, issue by issue, the nation’s women will be better represented, better treated and better served. For as inspiring as the stories of these women are, there is still much to do to ensure that Indonesia’s future is equally led and defined by women.

Underrepresented, Underutilized, Underserved

It is evident that this future is still far from being realized. From Indonesia’s public arena to private sector to society as a whole, Indonesia has insufficiently capitalized on the potential, and inadequately protected the rights, of women. The Indonesian government currently suffers from low female representation. Only 17 percent of seats in the House of Representatives are filled by women. The April legislative election will hopefully improve this statistic, as all 16 national political parties have met the government regulation requiring a minimum of 30 percent female candidates. Across the country, only 9 percent of regional leaders are women. In the judicial branch, representation is comfortingly higher, with 27 percent of judges nationwide being women.

Yet overall, these low numbers realistically mean that Indonesia is limiting the possibility of greater holistic national development. A case study in India by the Poverty Action Lab and the United Nations revealed that increased women participation in government has led to “heightened police responsiveness to crimes against women, improvements in children’s nutrition and educational outcomes,” in addition to progressive health care, public good and labor reform.

In the private sector, the numbers also paint a less than ideal picture. With women making up nearly 50 percent of Indonesia’s population, the workforce participation rate of women amounts to only 52 percent of the female workforce, compared with the 82 percent participation rate of males. As Indonesia enters a period of so-called “demographic bonus,” where we are meant to enjoy a surge in the working-age, productive segments of the population, the low participation of women in the workforce could potentially turn this phenomenon into a curse of high unemployment rates. The International Labor Organization also noted that Indonesia’s informal sector is predominantly composed of women, leaving them unprotected and undocumented, and exposed to increased risk of discrimination and abuse.

Much like the inherent limitations imposed by low female representation in government, businesses are also likely to suffer without a balanced gender mix. A Harvard Kennedy School study from as far back as 2013 clearly showed that “teams of employees with lower percentages of women have lower sales and lower profits than teams with a balanced gender mix.”

A recent conversation with Indonesia’s minister of labor, Muhammad Hanif Dhakiri, revealed a commitment to improving the working landscape for women. While several proposed programs were discussed that positively impact both men and women, including skills training and improved unemployment benefit schemes, a handful were geared specifically to improve female participation in the workforce. Such laws include one that incentivizes the promotion and protection of part-time workers. Given their biological role in child-bearing, and cultural role in child-rearing, part-time work is an arrangement often preferred by women. Realization of this plan will work towards shifting women away from the undocumented and unprotected informal sector.

Yet sadly, even on the most basic level, Indonesia has not done enough when it comes to the protection of women both at home and in the workplace.

The National Commission on Violence Against Women, or Komnas Perempuan, noted last year that the reported incidents of violence and abuse against women continue to increase year by year. Oddly enough, this statistic may actually positively reflect that Indonesian women are now more willing to report such cases, as the reality is a significant number go unreported due to cultural restraints.

Regardless, the situation remains intolerable, as the country’s minister of women’s empowerment and child protection, Yohana Yembise, stated in October 2018: “one in three Indonesian women between the ages of 15 and 65 experienced abuse within their lifetimes.” Baiq Nuril’s profile serves as a reminder to Indonesia that such cases of abuse against women abound, and like her, we must set an example in our daily lives to speak up and act to safeguard against such practices.

Be it in the private or public sector, from the boardroom to the courtroom, at the office and at home, the role of women must continue to expand.

Ironically, in an ideal world, GlobeAsia would not need to publish this list of Indonesia’s 99 Most Inspiring Women. Doing so begs the question of why we felt the need to specifically highlight women, as if they would not be able to be compete on a list that was blind to gender. This is not the case. The fact remains that Indonesia has a long way to go before reaching a point where equal opportunities and representation and protection are given and achieved and experienced by women. So long as this mismatch exists in Indonesia, this list will remain relevant, as it serves to not merely laud the achievements and stories of the women that shape this country, but also as a reminder of the difficult journey these inspiring women are spearheading in expediting a future equitably led, defined, and enjoyed by women. 

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Ticket.com recently announced a collaboration with the tourism ministry to bolster growth in the leisure industry. This partnership resulted in the launch of #tiketWonderfulIndonesia, a multi-platform advertising campaign aimed at developing tourism in the country. The project further aims to not only promote already booming travel sites, but also cultivate other destinations to contribute to the national economy. Tiket.com will focus on 15 destinations approved by the ministry. They are Jakarta; Bali; Bandung (West Java); Palembang (South Sumatra); Labuan Bajo (East Nusa Tenggara); Padang (West Sumatra); Makassar (South Sulawesi); Lombok (West Nusa Tenggara); Banyuwangi (East Java); Lake Toba (North Sumatra); the Riau Islands; the Yogyakarta-Solo-Semarang region in Central and East Java; and the so-called Coral Wonder region of Wakatobi-Bunaken-Raja Ampat, which stretches from Southeast Sulawesi to West Papua.

The tourism ministry and Tiket.com have come up with a three-part plan to further develop these 15 leisure destinations. The plan involves "super-extraordinary effort," "extraordinary effort" and "ordinary effort." "Super-extraordinary effort" relates to low-cost terminals and cross-border tourism. This part of the plan will see the tourism ministry encouraging the establishment of low-cost terminals at various airports in the country, while Tiket.com will target tourists traveling to Batam in the Riau Islands by plane, providing free shuttles or picking them up at the city's Hang Nadim International Airport. Cross-border tourism will further be expanded to more destinations in Indonesia to attract visitors from neighboring countries such as Malaysia and Singapore.

"Extraordinary effort" will see Tiket.com providing special offers on airfares and hotel accommodation to tourists planning to visit the 15 priority destinations. Finally, "ordinary effort" involves a multi-platform advertising campaign specifically aimed at millennials.

Tourism Minister Arief Yahya has welcomed the partnership and said the collaboration would encourage growth in the leisure industry. He added that he believed cooperation with online platforms such as Tiket.com would attract more people to take time off from their busy schedules to explore Indonesia. "In collaborating with a startup business like Ticket.com, we at the Ministry of Tourism hope to attract more people to explore the rich cultural diversity of Indonesia," Arief said. "We also aim to develop Tourism 4.0 in Indonesia through the partnership."

The minister explained that "Tourism 4.0" is the next evolution of travel, facilitated by digital technology. This evolution is also characterized by shifting traveling habits among tourists who now often travel as individuals, rather than in groups or as part of organized tours. His ministry has therefore come up with several plans to capitalize on this trend to encourage the shift to Tourism 4.0 through collaboration with startup businesses, and building a digital ecosystem that caters to travelers.

"Tiket.com is proud to be a partner of the Ministry of Tourism in developing Indonesia's leisure industry," said Gaery Undarsa, co-founder and chief marketing officer of Tiket.com. He added that Tiket.com was ready to accommodate the ministry's efforts to develop a digital tourism ecosystem in Indonesia. "The development of the ecosystem and the advertising campaign form part of our efforts to support Indonesia's shift to Tourism 4.0 and attract millennials to support the leisure industry," Gaery said. While the collaboration has already inspired several ideas to develop tourism, it will in the future present new and innovative programs to cultivate the industry. Both parties are currently doing their part to establish Indonesia as the world's top-trending tourism spot.

[post_title] => Indonesia Embraces Tourism 4.0 [post_excerpt] => Travel is one of the luxuries the current generation of Indonesians has been enjoying due to the mobility provided by modern technology. Online-based ticket booking service Tiket.com has embarked on a mission to encourage more people to explore the country. Now, in cooperation with the Ministry of Tourism, it plans to promote the wonders of the archipelago to both local and foreign tourists. 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The opening of these stations establishes a BP presence in Indonesia’s growing fuels market and marks the start of plans that could see the joint-venture open around 350 service stations in Indonesia in the next decade. The service stations will offer BP’s innovative fuels with ACTIVE technology. Developed and tested by BP scientists in world-class laboratories, all BP gasoline grades contain a special dirtfighting formula that helps to protect engines from the build-up of dirt and maintain vehicle performance. BP is also partnering with a number of well-known local businesses such as Alfamart, Castrol Bike Point, which is operated by SiTepat, Toko Kopi Tuku and Martabak Orins to provide a convenience offer that is unique to the market. BP is committed to a low carbon future, aiming to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in its operations, improve its products and services to help customers lower their emissions, and to create new low carbon businesses. These service stations in Indonesia will be certified carbon neutral through BP’s carbon offsetting programme, BP Target Neutral. Each site will have a long-term carbon reduction plan with any residual emissions offset through BP Target Neutral. [post_title] => BP Opens First Service Stations in Indonesia [post_excerpt] => BP, together with joint-venture partner AKR, has announced the first four of its jointly branded service stations in Indonesia have now opened, combining BP’s global retail experience with AKR’s extensive distribution channels. 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This versatile actress has successfully drawn on her remarkable talent to portray vastly different characters since the start of her career. She first caught the eye of film lovers with her 2006 debut in “Ekspedisi Madewa” (“Madewa’s Expedition”) starring alongside Tora Sudiro. Since then, more film directors started entrusting her with roles, playing vastly divergent characters.

Marsha has so far starred in 21 films, some of which have gone on to win multiple awards. And while she continues to shine as a serious actress, Marsha has also featured in television commercials for products such as Ponds, Pocari Sweat and Capilan. She has further been involved in producing video clips for famous local music acts such as Project Pop, Gigi, Ada Bank, Java Juice, Naff, Kerispatih and Letto. And as if that is not enough, she has also played in more than 26 television films and a local soap opera.

In 2017, Marsha received a nomination for her role in “Nada Untuk Asa” (“Melody of Hope”), and last year, she bagged a Citra Award for best actress for her leading role in Mouly Surya’s film “Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts,” which in a first, won 10 awards in various categories. “For me, the award is motivation to do even better in the future,” she says.

Last year, Marsha also starred as a martial arts expert in “Wiro Sableng 212” (“Drunken Master 212”), produced in cooperation with Fox International Productions, a subsidiary of 20th Century Fox. “As an actress, I want different characters in the movies I play,” she says.

As a film industry veteran, Marsha admits that award-winning movies are often commercial failures. She is therefore happy that “Marlina” had a satisfactory record in terms of sales, despite not being quite as successful as other top films, such as “Dillan 1990,” which attracted more than 6 million views. She says this makes her want to push film industry players to work even harder to improve the commercial aspect of filmmaking.

Marsha was born in Jakarta on Jan. 8, 1979, into a film industry family. In 2012, she married popular Indonesian actor Vino G. Bastian, who has starred in some top-selling films, including “Wiro Sableng 212” and the successful “Warkop DKI Reborn” series. Her sister Sheila Timothy, meanwhile, is a film producer who also worked on “Wiro Sableng 212.”

Marsha is confident that the Indonesian film industry is in an upward trend, based on the rising number of people watching local films. Citing industry sources, she says more than 26 million people flocked to cinemas last year, which was 30 percent more than in 2017.

And at the same time, she also observes a positive spirit among filmmakers to produce more quality films. She says they are also active in different film genres, such as horror, comedy, drama, romance, action and even documentaries. “I produced the documentary film ‘Banda’ in the past and it was quite impressive in terms of the work quality and production,” she adds. The film, which explores Maluku’s Banda Islands, was shown in selected cinemas, attracting a considerable viewership. “It was a breakthrough for an Indonesian documentary film,” she says.

Besides the silver screen, Marsha has also acted in several stage plays, such as “Perempuan-Perempuan Chairil” (“Chairil’s Women”) and “Bumi Manusia” (“This Earth of Mankind”), which was an adaptation of the work by famous Indonesian novelist Pramoedya Ananta Toer. Marsha says she enjoys the theater as it not only provides her with fresh inspiration, it also allows her to learn more about the historical background of the story and gain insight into the original message the author wanted to share with readers. She recently also starred in the musical “Cinta Tak Pernah Sederhana” (“Love Will Never Be Simple”) with top Indonesian actor Reza Rahadian. 

[post_title] => A Multifaceted Career [post_excerpt] => As an indispensable part of the Indonesian film industry for more than 13 years, Marsha Timothy has both inspired and won the admiration of many. By Lisa Siregar / Photo By Moh. 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This also means that the company has access to reams of data, such as the preferences, habits, daily routes, locations, vehicle types, vehicle license expiration dates and more, derived from customers and driver partners. In this datacentric era, companies with large numbers of customers often have access to massive amounts of raw data, which, once processed and properly analyzed, can become very valuable. This task is usually performed by such companies’ business intelligence units, which in the case of GOJEK, is where Crystal serves as senior vice president. Her path to GOJEK almost mirrors the plot in the 1998 romantic comedy film, “You’ve Got Mail.” It all started by her typing the keywords “HR GOJEK” into Google Search, which yielded the name of Monica Oudang, human resources team leader at the ride-haling firm. Crystal tracked down Monica’s online profile and sent her an email, asking whether GOJEK needed someone to work in its business intelligence unit, and if so, offering to move from San Jose, California, to Jakarta. To her surprise, Monica’s response was that GOJEK indeed had such an opening. Soon after, Crystal was on a plane to Jakarta, the city where her parents originally came from. Despite having been born and raised in the United States, Crystal loves Indonesia, describing her move to the country as “returning home with the spirit of helping GOJEK have a greater social impact.” “I want to make lots of impact and changes in the world. Not only making apps for the millennial generation, but also making changes,” said the 27-year-old, who graduated six months early with a political science degree from the University of California, Berkeley. “In political science, I learned a lot about Nate Silver, one of the greatest statisticians and polling expert in the US, who is known for having correctly predicted [former US President Barack] Obama’s win in all 50 states. Statistics was a big entry point for me to learn and understand data, but it is also a way for me to explain what is happening in the world, what decisions people make and why they make such decisions,” she explained. 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According to Crystal, the number of orders for Go-Ride, the company’s motorcycle-taxi service, were to equal in the third quarter of 2017 to the total number of Go-Ride orders for the entire 2016. “How we can solve problems for our customers when we see them battling traffic, or a lack of transparent pricing, and what GOJEK can do is provide alternatives, so people are more productive. We can make the process of getting from point A to B more efficient and effective. In focusing on what problems customers face, we can figure out exactly what we need to build,” she explained. “We started out with a package delivery service and soon realized that people were using it to order food, so we added Go-Food to the platform. We not only use data to identify problems, we also use it to find solutions to those problems,” she said. Crystal exudes energy, which also inspires those around her to make a useful impact. She is also co-founder and adviser of Generation Girl, a computer coding program geared towards girls aged 12 to 16. The goal of the program is to get young girls interested in science, technology, engineering and mathematics and to empower them to break free from gender stereotypes. This is just one more example of Crystal’s unstoppable passion.   [post_title] => A Passion for Big Data [post_excerpt] => In an increasingly digital world, many companies have started to realize that they have been sitting in a treasure trove of customer data for long, but never fully taken advantage of it. But this does not apply to Indonesian ride-hailing firm GOJEK, which relies on technology-savvy Crystal Widjaja to do just that. By Lisa Siregar and Elsid Arendra / Photo By Moh. 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Her big break in the industry came in 1999, when she was featured on the cover of Aneka Yess! magazine. After that, she continued her modeling career until she decided to explore other options. “I wanted something new. I wanted something more challenging. Modeling is like, it’s fun. I’m not saying it’s easy, but I wanted something more, so I started to audition for movies,” Luna told GlobeAsia.

Her first role was a popular girl named Barbara in Upi’s 2004 comedy film “30 Hari Mencari Cinta” (“30 Days Looking for Love”). In 2006, she earned a nomination for best lead actress at the prestigious Indonesian Film Festival – informally known as the Indonesian Oscars – for her role in Teddy Soeriaatmadja’s “Ruang” (“Space”).

She has starred in more than 30 films in various genres, from romance to comedy and horror. Last year, she played the late horror queen Suzzanna in “Suzzanna: Bernapas Dalam Kubur” (“Suzzanna: Still Breathing in the Grave”), which attracted 3,346,185 views, making it the second highest-grossing Indonesian film of 2018.

When asked in what type of films she likes to star, Luna said a colossal period drama or action film, so that she can, “like Julie Estelle, kick ass,” referring to the actress known for her iconic action roles, such as Hammer Girl in Gareth Evans’s “The Raid 2” and The Operator in Timo Tjahjanto’s “The Night Comes for Us.”

Commenting on the current state of the Indonesian film industry, Luna said the market is getting bigger and the films are improving in quality. “[The industry is] just getting better and we started to have many young new directors. They make really, really great movies, so I’m really excited for the Indonesian film industry,” she said.

However, she said there is a need for fresh faces on screen. “Out there, we have 260 million people in Indonesia, so there must be many talented people who just don’t have access [to the industry]. But you know what, with YouTube and the internet now, anyone can have a chance,” Luna said.

She also expressed hope that people will keep supporting local films. “Indonesian audiences must keep believing in our movies. Don’t stop going to the cinema to watch our movies, because it is the moviegoers who keep us alive. Once films don’t sell, the industry will become stagnant. In the end, it’s all about business, so I’m hoping all the moviemakers are serious in their work, and make quality films so Indonesian audiences don’t stop going to the cinema,” Luna said.

A Thirst for Learning

What is the key to becoming an accomplished, prolific celebrity? Luna said although she is grateful that people consider her successful, she does not want to call herself that, as it would make her complacent.

“For me, I don’t consider myself a successful woman, or actress, or whatever. I just like learning and criticizing myself, because if I stop criticizing myself, I will never learn… What stops us from learning, is feeling like we have succeeded,” the Bali-born actress said.

Having spent more than two decades in showbiz, the principle she lives by is “never give up.”

“I know it sounds clichéd, but that’s actually true. I’ve been up and down and I’m still here, because I never give up… In the end, people will always talk. People are always going to put you down. People will always criticize you. Always. But the only people who can make us go forward are ourselves,” she said.

Her message to people aspiring to build careers in the entertainment industry is to enjoy the process and learn as much as possible.

“Please believe in the process. If you have talent, you’ll get there. Just never stop and never believe in shortcuts. For me to get here, it took me 20 years,” she said.

Luna the Entrepreneur

una started dabbling in various businesses in 2007, including property and fashion. This included a collaboration with local clothing brand Hardware to create “LM for Hardware,” but the partnership was later disbanded.

She next introduced her own ready-to-wear line, Luna Habit, in 2014. As the creative director, Luna described the style as “casual, edgy, with a boyish kind of look, but still has a feminine touch.”

The reason she chose fashion was because “the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree,” referring to the fact that her mother used to run a garment business when Luna was young.

With the growth in e-commerce, Luna saw a business opportunity. Although Luna Habit now has several brick-and-mortar stores across Indonesia, it still largely operates online and through social media. However, with the abundance of other online shops out there, she admitted that competition is tight.

“Fashion is a fast-moving business. We must always know what’s going on and what’s the trend. We have to read lots of fashion magazines and websites,” said Luna, who idolizes fashion icon Victoria Beckham.

The hardest challenges she has faced in running Luna Habit are “how to increase sales, how to get traffic and how to get big boutiques,” considering that most of her physical stores are inside other businesses, such as department stores and coffee shops.

Luna has also ventured into the food and beverage industry with several brands, such as Kastera, a cake store, and Martabucks Luna Uya – in collaboration with fellow presenter Uya Kuya – which specializes in folded Indonesian pancakes. Another brand, Waluma, a contraction of Warung Luna Maya, is in the process of rebranding.

Since the food and beverage business is becoming more popular among Indonesian celebrities, how does Luna handle the competition?

“In the end, taste is important. The product is also important. But it’s a huge market. You’re just going to grab the part you’re going to challenge. I’m looking at the middle-low market segment, so it’s pretty challenging, because many others are doing the same. That’s why the marketing strategy has to be good,” she said.

This year, Luna is also planning to launch a cosmetics line for “active women who like natural makeup.”

“I like the no-makeup makeup look. My concept is for those who are not really familiar with makeup and don’t want to trouble themselves with it, but at least they’re going to have something. Just make it fresh and natural,” Luna said.

Luna has been working since last year to prepare the makeup line, expected to launch by the middle of 2019.

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As one of Indonesia’s most talented filmmakers today, Kamila and the arts have been inseparable. She spent her youth experimenting with many branches of the arts. “In my younger years, I tried many things in life. Music, dance, painting, but nothing, none of it, made me feel good. It always felt heavy at a certain point, when I felt like I always had to push myself a lot. It always ended,” she tells GlobeAsia.

Kamila started making films when she was still in high school. She went on to study sociology and media arts at Australia’s Deakin University, where she discovered filmmaking as her destiny. “It’s always challenging in a good way and I always feel really excited every time I find something hard to face. Every time I find an obstacle, I feel like I want to go through this. I want to overcome this. I think that kind of feeling shows that you belong in that world,” says the director, who was born Jakarta on May 6, 1986.

Kamila lives among filmmakers. Firstly, her husband Ifa Isfansyah is a director and producer who co-founded Yogyakarta-based production house Fourcolours Films. Kamila’s father is Garin Nugroho, one of the legends, who has put Indonesian cinema on the world map. His latest film, “Memories of My Body,” is currently traveling to more than 20 festivals after premiering at the Venice Film Festival last year.

Though she admits that being a filmmaker’s daughter came with advantages, she also struggled at first because people kept telling her what to do. “He made art films and people said: ‘You shouldn’t make art films. You should make commercial films. You shouldn’t follow him. You should be different.’ But in the beginning of your career, you don’t know what it is you’re good at,” Kamila says.

It took her a while to gather the confidence to make the films she really wanted. “I don’t want to make films they want to see. I want to make films I want to see. At that time, I tried not to listen to anything. I just made what I knew, what I loved. That’s it,” Kamila adds.

Another obstacle she faced was people doubting whether it was just a phase that would pass, or as she puts it, “an accident; just another filmmaker’s daughter who wants to make a film.” “If another filmmaker makes a short film, even a five-minute short film, people can see the filmmaker in it. It belongs to that filmmaker. It already has an identity. But not for me. I have to make maybe 10 films, so people can see that it is Kamila Andini’s,” she says.

However, Kamila has proven that she has her own signature. For instance, female characters are always at the center. She says she had no intention of spotlighting women exclusively, but she just wanted to be honest in telling the story. “Having a woman as the main character always helps me get a better perspective every time I make a film, because I can relate to her personally. I know what is inside the mind, the feelings, and the complexity of them. I think there are certain perspectives that are never explored in films,” she says.

Her films are also characterized by not being Jakarta-centric, even though she was born and raised in the Indonesian capital. Kamila chooses to explore other, often relatively underrepresented, parts of Indonesia, such as Bali, East Timor, or Southeast Sulawesi’s Wakatobi district.

“To learn about other cultures is somehow also my research of finding out who I am, because I feel like I don’t belong in a certain, specific kind of culture… I think one of the greatest things every time you explore a certain culture, is that you sort of find yourself as well,” she says.

The director who is a fan of Samira Makhmalbaf, Yasuhiro Ozuru and Sofia Coppola, says she cannot pick a favorite among the movies she has made. “I always treat my film as my own child somehow. Every time my film’s released, [it means] my daughter or son is born. It’s hard to choose which child is your favorite, because every birth has its own story, experience and identity,” Kamila says.

Upward Trend

The Indonesian film industry is experiencing an upward trend, with more than 100 films produced last year alone – 14 of them attracting more than a million views each. Kamila describes the industry as “very vibrant” and the films produced as “more diverse than before.” She says filmmakers have also showed more support for each other’s work and signature style.

However, on the downside, they struggle to be consistently productive because of the gaps in the ecosystem. “Here in Indonesia, every company makes films from A to Z. We don’t have any distributors. We go straight to the exhibitors. The circle of life in the industry is not actually built yet. So, when you have so many things to do but you have to do everything from the beginning to the end, consistency is something we have to achieve in the next several years,” Kamila says.

Another challenge is finding the right market for arthouse films. She says she has known from the beginning that her films would not do well in local cinemas, so festivals abroad are an alternative market for them. “It’s actually every filmmaker’s dream for their films to be watched. It doesn’t mean that when we make an arthouse film, we don’t want people to watch it,” she says.

On the bright side, Indonesian films have gained more attention at international festivals as the number of participating filmmakers increased. When Kamila brought her first feature “The Mirror Never Lies,” to more than 30 festivals in 2011, Indonesian filmmakers were always a small group. Indonesian films were not yet the talk of town.

However, she observed that starting from Eddie Cahyono’s 2014 black-and-white drama “Siti,” which was screened in Singapore, Rotterdam and Shanghai, among others, people began talking more about Indonesian cinema. After that, Mouly Surya’s “Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts” and Kamila’s “The Seen and Unseen” stole the hearts of festival juries worldwide. Joko Anwar’s horror hit “Satan’s Slaves” also gained commercial success in cinemas as well as critical acclaim at festivals.

“People started to ask: ‘What’s going on in Indonesia? How come you can make very, very different films in two years?’” She argues that there are two main factors driving the fame of Indonesian films overseas.

“Diversity in the creative aspect and better distribution. They got better sales, funding and everything. They managed to get onto bigger platforms, like big festivals. They won big prizes, which is good acknowledgment for Indonesia as well,” says Kamila, who served on the jury for the Generation Kplus section at this year’s Berlinale. 

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The sound of heels clicking on the floor becomes prominent as a figure sashays toward our crew. Her elegant bun of thick ebony hair matches her dark-rimmed glasses sitting on the bridge of her nose.

A picture of elegance, Lisa Mihardja sits back and tells us that Alleira Batik featured at this year’s New York Fashion Week.

The brand has already been in New York for the past three years, in the Indonesian Fashion Gallery, and is managed by one of Lisa’s partners. Their latest collection, “Puspa,” was given the same treatment as any other designer during the prestigious fashion show – bright lights, long runway, striking models – but we are going to tell you what really goes on behind the scenes at Alleira.

“Batik for me is an Indonesian art we need to preserve, but preserve it in such a way that we don’t want it to be traditional, we want to keep the tradition,” Lisa explains.

 

Diving Into International Waters

Alleira started off in a humble garage, where four people had a mutual passion for batik. Although it was not the pioneer batik brand, it is best known for giving the traditional fabric a modern touch.

The act of modernizing it did not mean foregoing the use of wax or hand-drawn motifs, but rather the way outfits made from the fabric are designed. “We follow the international trend to be accepted in the international market,” Lisa says.

This means they must pay attention to the pantone color of the year (a chosen color that guides fashion designers, florists and other consumer-oriented companies) and trends from fashion weeks around the world.

Alleira’s use of gradient and ombre styles with a mix of vibrant and pastel colors is very different from the traditional black, brown and white. Each product also has its own specific home – meaning that an item popular in Indonesia will not necessarily appeal to buyers in the United States.

“For the market outside Indonesia, they really like something simple, so we have to do it differently,” Lisa says. To put it simply, less is more. Instead of wearing head-to-toe batik, the woven designs are only incorporated into one part. “So we work with local designers, for example Singaporean designers, to make sure that it is accepted in the local market,” Lisa says. Alleira is best known for producing batik incorporated into denim jeans – something no other batik brand had done before.

As a homegrown brand, Alleira also works with several groups representing underprivileged people in the country.

“We work with groups of refugee women; we teach them how to make stuffed toys from leftover batik. And when it’s up to our standard, we buy it back and sell it in our store,” Lisa explains. Alleira cooperates with the Indonesian Breast Cancer Foundation (YKPI) every year, but this year, the company will be launching a new movement.

Alleira’s upcoming project will be a collaboration with Australian model Madeline Stuart to commemorate Down Syndrome Day on March 21. Madeline is the first professional model with Down syndrome and she crossed paths with Lisa’s partner during Paris Fashion Week last year.

“There are many kids in Indonesia with down syndrome that have not been, I wouldn’t call it exposed, but they have not been brought up to the next level. They stay at home, or they just go to a special school and that’s it,” Lisa says. Lisa hopes the fashion show will inspire children or adults with Down syndrome to achieve their dreams.

 

Dream Teamwork

As a mother of three, Lisa’s eyes light up when asked about Indonesia’s young and upcoming designers.

“Indonesian designers are very talented, they have a lot of these crazy ideas but really turn it into something creative, something that I think is an art,” Lisa gushes. However, she emphasizes that though times have changed, one factor always remains the same, and that is the importance of teamwork.

“There are many designers I feel are good in one thing, but they want to take care of everything themselves; they’re one-man shows, and it’s not right for the business,” Lisa says. Especially for a large fashion brand, there is a lot of work going on behind the scenes.

“You really have to work with someone else who is good at what they do. So work as a team, build a fashion brand that does not hit and run, and turn it into a legacy,” she says.

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The fact that there are very few Indonesians working in Hollywood does not in any way impede 29-year-old Livi, who became involved in the film industry when she was still a teenager. Thanks to her love for sports, especially martial arts such as wushu and karate, she was introduced to filmmaking as a stuntwoman.

Originally from Blitar in East Java, her family moved to Jakarta when she was still small. She completed junior high school in Jakarta before moving with her parents to Beijing, where she continued her senior high school education and studied martial arts at the Beijing ShiChaHai Sports School. Incidentally, this is also where Hollywood start Jet Li learnt his trade.

Despite living far from her homeland, Livi’s love for Indonesia remains as strong as ever. “If we are in Indonesia, it’s easy if we want to eat nasi pecel [rice with vegetable salad and peanut sauce] or nasi rawon [meat soup from East Java, served with rice]. In Beijing, it is something very rare. And from there, I learnt how to appreciate Indonesia more and more,” she said.

After finishing high school, Livi moved to Washington, D.C., to continue her education. She won several martial arts awards while studying towards a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Washington.

 

Film

As a stuntwoman, she realized that only a writer, director and producer can change the plot in a movie, so she decided to write her own script.

With little in-depth knowledge on film production, Livi received help from her brother Ken Zheng, who is now a Hollywood actor. Her first movie script, which she offered to many production houses, was rejected by at least 32 before her debut film, “Brush With Danger,” was finally made in 2014. It was released in the United States in September the following year.

“Don’t be afraid of rejection. Being rejected is part of life; it’s part of filmmaking. As a filmmaker, you will face more rejection than approval. So just get used to it,” she said.

Her recipe for when a plan does not come together is to allow herself about three hours’ mourning and then to put that failure behind her and keep trying to improve the initial plan. She normally uses those three hours to search for Indonesian food, which almost always helps her forget her woes.

“If you want to do something, keep focusing on it. Be persistent,” she said.

And she is living proof that this principle works. “Many people will reject you; say your ideas are bad. If I listened to all those things, it [success] would never have come.”

“Brush With Danger” went on to be nominated for an Oscar in the best picture category, among more than 300 other films.

To improve her knowledge of filmmaking, Livi pursued a master’s degree at the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts. But she still chases another dream – to work an equal amount of time in Asia and the United States. “I love living in Asia; I love living in Indonesia, but right now, most of my work, like 90 percent, is in the US,” she said.

 

Promoting Indonesia

Although Livi works in Hollywood, she has never forgotten her roots as an Indonesian. “When you do something, don’t forget your roots, because your roots are your inspiration,” she told GlobeAsia during an interview in Jakarta in February.

Livi tries in all her films to promote Indonesia. In “Brush With Danger” for example, she used 50 paintings and other items from the archipelago.

She realizes that most people from the rest of the world know very little about her homeland, even though this archipelago of more than 17,000 islands is the world’s fourth-most populated country. Her dream to shoot in Indonesia has come true in her new film, “Bali: Beats of Paradise,” which she uses to promote gamelan, the traditional ensemble music of Java and Bali, which predominantly consists of percussive instruments. The documentary was released in the United States in November last year and it is scheduled for release in South Korea in April and Indonesia in July.

Her initiative to promote gamelan through a documentary came when she realized that the sounds of these traditional musical instruments were used in several Hollywood films, including “Avatar” and the television series “Star Trek,” but that few people recognized it. Livi hopes to introduce these instruments to the international community with “Bali: Beats of Paradise.”

Right now, Livi is working to complete another film titled “Insight,” which she said would be released soon. Although the entire film was shot in the United States, it contains scenes based on pencak silat, a form of martial arts originating from Indonesia.

For her continuing efforts to promote Indonesia and its culture globally, Livi received the Culture Ambassador Award in December last year at the Unforgettable Gala, which celebrates the achievements of Asian Americans.

At home, Livi was appointed as Indonesia’s youth ambassador for international affairs in March and she received the Tourism Marketer of the Year 2019 award in the same month.

Livi wants to develop the Indonesian film industry, but said there is still a lot she must learn, because the local industry operates very different than in the United States. She added that a lack of cinema screens was another obstacle holding back the local film industry.

[post_title] => Cultural Diplomat [post_excerpt] => “Fighter” may be a proper word to describe Livia Notoharjono, better known as Livi Zheng, the first Indonesian to build a successful career as film director in Hollywood. 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She has successfully consolidated the group in recent years by focusing on sectors relevant to a modern economy, while selling or even closing unprofitable units. According to Shinta, the group grew by 10 percent over the past five years, especially on the back of persisting demand for consumer goods in Indonesia. While some sectors, such as industry, did experience fluctuations, she says there are still plenty of opportunities, especially for subsidiary PT Tira Austenite, which is engaged in the sale of industrial gas and related products. “We keep adapting and responding to the needs of industries that are still growing. We still see growth in the shipping and automotive sectors, which means more business opportunities for us,” she says. Through intense research and development efforts, Shinta wants to strengthen the group’s position in consumer goods, such as health products and herbal medicines. “There is a lot of room for growth and the opportunities in consumer goods are still big,” she says. While the group’s retail business – managed by PT Tiga Raksa – remains stable, Shinta sees more opportunities for growth in the energy sector. “There is huge demand for energy and from the business side, the energy business provides us with certainty, as state utility company PT PLN is a standby buyer of the electricity we produce,” she says, adding that despite high production costs, this sector remains profitable. “That’s why we purse energy excellence in this sector,” she says. Despite a slowdown in Indonesia’s property sector, Shinta still has high expectations for the group’s special property project, an eco-resort in Manado, North Sulawesi, which is being developed to cater to rising demand in the tourism sector. The group also has several properties, including office buildings, in Jakarta. Shinta’s father, veteran businessman Johnny Widjaja, prepared her from a young age to one day take over the family business, but an independent streak initially took her on a different journey. She obtained a bachelor’s degree from Columbia University’s Barnard College in New York in 1989 before completing Harvard Business School’s Executive Education Program in 2002. Shinta, who was born in Jakarta in 1967, started working at the age of 13, selling books door to door. She also took some part-time jobs while studying in the United States to earn extra money. Business Competitiveness Shinta is well known for her skill in presenting her ideas, whether it be at home or in an international forum on economic and business-related issues, on leadership, business sustainability, entrepreneurship, women’s empowerment, social and cultural issues and more. She currently serves as deputy chairwoman of the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Trade (Kadin), where she is responsible for international relations. This position sees her actively lobbying for improvement in the ease of doing business in Indonesia to attract more international investment. Shinta is also deputy chairwoman of the Indonesian Employers Association (Apindo), a role that involves her frequently liaising with the government on a “link and match” policy to better align curricula at schools and universities with the skills and qualifications in demand in the workplace. “I always urge government to create more training for students to get more qualified workers, and adapting the curriculum to the needs of modern industry,” she says. The mother of four gives the government credit for the progress it has made over the past three years in terms of improving the ease of doing business in Indonesia. She further believes continuous efforts to improve the country’s infrastructure will propel the economy in the future. Shinta is also appreciative of the government’s response to other crucial issues, such as taxation and industry regulations. As an ardent promotor of economic sustainability, she also serves as president of the Indonesian Business Council for Sustainable Development. “I believe business organizations must start thinking more about having a positive impact on society and our planet,” she says. Shinta further serves on the board of advisors of the Indonesian Business Coalition for Women’s Empowerment. “I think the issue is not only about women starting businesses, but about access to funding,” she says, adding that other crucial issues that need attention include mentoring and management skills. More than that, she says, “educating men is also important, so they can understand that women have an important role to play in the economy, while men should also play a larger role in taking care of the family.” Shinta was involved in the launch of Angel Investment Network Indonesia, or Angin, an initiative to assist women by providing them with seed funding to start their own businesses. “I started it with some of my friends and now it has taken off in terms of the number of women who have already receiving funding,” she says. “With technology increasingly replacing humans, women must become entrepreneurs.” She is the founder of Global Entrepreneurship Program Indonesia, which seeks to promote and support entrepreneurs in the country by providing them with training, financing, and mentorship. “From an economic perspective, at least 2 percent of our population should be entrepreneurs, compared with only 1.7 percent now. This will have a more significant economic and social impact,” Shinta says. [post_title] => A Powerful Voice in Business [post_excerpt] => Smart, passionate, amiable and multi-tasker are words that best describe Shinta Widjaja Kamdani, a businesswoman and leader in many organizations, who has both the professional and leadership skills to stand on the frontline of Indonesia’s business community. By Albert W. Nonto / Photo By Gugun A. 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She acknowledges that her role as businesswoman benefits society, such as job creation for example, but she believes she can make an even greater contribution to society as politician. The businesswoman and socialite says that while the goal of any company is to make a profit and create value for its shareholders, the role of a politician presents a much wider perspective, such as looking for ways to benefit the nation and improve people’s welfare. “Politicians can make laws that positively impact the lives of the country’s people, while businesspeople only work for shareholders,” she says, hastening to add that for a politician to make a positive contribution to society, it requires setting aside self-interest and acting for the common good. “Politicians should have strong empathy, passion and compassion. Through politics, I will have the opportunity to participate, along with others, in making substantial changes for the benefit of so many and for the nation as a whole,” she says. To realize this dream, Liliana took the bold step to become actively involved in politics. As such, she is a founding member of her husband’s Indonesian Unity Party (Perindo), established in February 2015. She serves as chairwoman of Kartini Perindo, the women’s wing of the party, which requires her to travel to various parts of the country to introduce Perindo’s mission to potential voters and drum up support for the party in the April 17 legislative election. Liliana is running for a House of Representatives seat in Jakarta, against Wiryanti Sukamdani, candidate for the ruling Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P), former television journalist Putra Nababan and Hidayat Nur Wahid of the Prosperous Justice Party (PKS). She has vowed to fight for women’s rights if elected, as she believes it takes a woman to truly understand the burning issues fellow women are facing in society. She also wants to tackle the scourge of domestic violence, which severely impacts the lives of many women in Indonesia. Citing data from the National Commission on Violence Against Women (Komnas Perempuan), she says there were about 350,000 reported cases of domestic violence against women last year alone, and that this demands urgent action. Liliana further plans to take steps to improve access to education and health care for children, especially from disadvantaged backgrounds, while she also seeks to root out all forms of exploitation. “We not only want all women and children to feel safe, loved, respected and cared for, but also to have access to equal opportunities in all fields,” she says. As chairwoman of Kartini Perindo, Liliana has already helped thousands of low-income earners and disadvantaged people across the country receive treatment for various medical conditions. Liliana, born in Surabaya, East Java, on March 15, 1967, married Hary when she was only 19 years old and he 21. She says, like any other couple, they have had ups and downs in their marriage over the years, but that this had brought them closer together. The mother of five, who has graduated from reputable fashion and beauty schools in Canada, says she has always had the freedom to pursue her dreams and passions. The couple further encourage their children, Angela, Valencia, Jessica, Clarissa and Warren, to be actively engaged in social causes. Three of the daughters, Angela, Valencia and Jessica, have followed in their parents’ footsteps by running as legislative candidates for Perindo in various regions in the upcoming election. 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A year ago, Dian wowed Indonesian audiences with her striking performance as an investigative journalist in Edwin’s drama-slash-culinary film “Aruna dan Lidahnya” (“Aruna and Her Palate”). The role landed her a nomination for best female actor in a leading role at the Indonesian Film Festival. A few weeks after “Aruna,” she appeared as a Mandarin-speaking, yo-yo-choking villain in Timo Tjahjanto’s action thriller “The Night Comes for Us,” which was released exclusively on Netflix. It was the first time Dian played a cold-blooded killer. She even shared significant screen time with martial-artist-turned-actor Iko Uwais. The big change was long overdue and viewers were impressed.

Dian, whose popularity rocketed after winning a teen magazine cover girl competition and playing Cinta in the franchise “Ada Apa Dengan Cinta?” (What’s Up With Love?”), is ready for an even bigger change. Her upcoming film project is a comedy heist that involves teachers and their very low salaries. The current working title is “Guru-Guru Gokil” (“Wacky Teachers”). The film, which is still in script development without director or cast, will be her debut as a producer.

In a sea of horror flicks and teen dramas, Dian craves to create something different. “Filmmakers and viewers should expand and grow. We should all expose ourselves to other genres that are not horror or romance,” she says.

Dian realized that to be a film producer in an industry that is not yet mature, like Indonesia’s, is a double-edged sword. At the moment, it is arguably hard to understand what kind of stories appeal to Indonesian viewers. A lack of transparency on viewer numbers is one of the factors that add to the confusion.

As an aspiring film producer, Dian says she wants to be able to associate the first film she makes with her identity as an artist. She has been in the industry long enough to understand that a passion project is the thing that will help filmmakers grow.

On the other hand, film is still a business that must be sustainable. “I am actually really torn between finding my own voice as filmmaker and making a movie that is sustainably lucrative. Because I am also facing an economic challenge,” Dian says. And yet, she still believes that finding the balance between both is worth trying.

If anything, what every film producer requires to make the Indonesian film market grow right now, is stability in terms of viewer numbers. “At the moment, the number of viewers is still fluctuating. We need to establish a certain number that projects the size of the Indonesian film market. Therefore, we need more films that meet audience expectations and make them trust our filmmakers,” she says.

As a female filmmaker, Dian thinks the film industry is still very much a male-dominated area, especially in the directing and scriptwriting departments.

The mother of two says she is constantly learning from fellow female filmmakers, from film director Nan Achnas, director and producer Mira Lesmana, producer Shanty Harmayn, and Hollywood actors and producers Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman. For Dian, these women have shown that age is not an obstacle to continue producing art.

Dian also has lots of praise for director Mouly Surya for her work on “Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts,” which saw her win almost every major category at the 2018 Indonesian Festival Film, including best picture and best director. Dian says Mouly is a good example of a female filmmaker who can translate herself in a patriarchal world, where things do not always work in a woman’s favor. “I think Indonesian cinema had exciting women’s stories in 2018, but we need more,” she adds.

Now that she has control over her own production cast and crew, Dian says she would like to give more opportunities to female filmmakers and actors who want to break free from their typecast. “I think hiring women filmmakers is going to be a priority, so they can have their own voice and tell their stories. Their performance should be on par with our male counterparts. We will expect a lot of things from them,” she says.

According to Dian, she is also planning to involve new talent in her production team, regardless of experience. “I know it’s going to be complicated, because they need to acquire some skills, but there’s a learning curve. We should give them time and energy so they can catch up and perform. Indonesian people are fast learners, and learning should be in our culture,” she says.

At age 36, Dian says she has grown so much as a woman, especially since she became a mother to Shailendra Sastraguna Sutowo (7) and Ishana Ariandra Sutowo (5). She is also busier than ever. Apart from film producing, Dian is also involved in various business ventures, from food and beverage outlets to a beauty clinic and a photography service for special occasions.

“I never run a new business on my own. I always have partners who run everything, and I usually help with the marketing. I won’t be able to do everything, so I delegate,” she says.

When she is not doing business, Dian performs social outreach work through the Dian Sastrowardoyo Foundation, which provides scholarships to five selected female students every year. Dian works with a nonprofit organization to select the students, and she is personally involved in drawing up the shortlist. The foundation has funded 19 students in the past three years.

Dian genuinely wants to help young girls thrive in education. To educate women, is to educate the country and Dian believes in the positive effect that will bring. When she looks back at her younger years, Dian says she wishes she had put more effort into her own education.

“Back then, as a younger girl, I was too distracted by trends, love life, peer pressure, fashion, what people think of me. I should have focused more on my abilities, my education, more books to read and designed my goals. To set your goals, you need to spend some time with yourself. Now I know it’s really important,” she says.

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