Tag Archives: Jakarta

Signs of Pride in Jakarta

by Steven


a circuit party in Nirvana of Jakarta

I may have to recant some of what I wrote about Indonesia on my post about Lady Gaga being censored in Malaysia.  Yours truly is currently on a 2 week hiatus in Jakarta, Indonesia.  It’s been 8 years since my last visit and I’ve been noticing quite a few changes in this densely populated city I call my birthplace.  Aside from the noticeably worse traffic, I’m sensing a positive change especially in the lives of LGBT people.  Continue reading

Madame X, the First Drag Queen Superhero Movie

by Quentin

I first met Lucky Kuswandi through a mutual friend when he was studying film at the Art Center in Pasadena. I went to visit him on the set of his very first short about a woman and her relation with a black cat. Lucky later moved back to Indonesia to pursue his film career and made his first feature Madame X last year which is currently on the film festival circuit. Madame X has just played at the Hong Kong International Film Festival and will be premiering in the U.S. at the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival.

Q: Can you talk about how you arrived at filmmaking? You studied in the U.S. and then you went back to Indonesia… Continue reading

The Children of Srikandi

by Quentin

I just discovered this first film about queer women in Indonesia from a friend’s post on Facebook. According to a webpage, it’s “the first film about the world and experiences of queer women in Indonesia. In this interlace short films, nine female filmmakers show us about what it means to be a queer woman in the country with the world largest Muslim population.” The titular character Srikandi is a character in the Mahabharata, the classic Hindu epic, that is frequently used in Indonesian shadow puppet theater. In one version, Srikandi is the female warrior who becomes a man to marry a woman and bear kids by changing gender identity and sexual orientation. The legend reminds me of Virginia Woolf’s Orlando. Continue reading