Film Lastri & Eros Djarot

Nov 18th, 2008, in IM Posts, by

A film that touches on events of 1965 starring Marcella Zalianty and directed by Eros Djarot runs afoul of the police.

The shooting of the film Lastri: Suara Perempuan Korban Tragedi 1965 (Lastri: The Voice of Women Victims of 1965), has been delayed because police in the Central Java city of Solo/Surakarta have declined to give permission for filming, as they suspect the content of the story may be pro-communist, and hence illegal.

A 1966 decree by the parliament bans any promotion of Marxist-Leninism in Indonesia and remains in force.

Lastri
Scene from Lastri

Filming in Solo had been planned to take place at a factory site, and around the Pasar Gede Solo area, but the owners of the factory have since revoked their permission to use the premises, and an anti-communist organisation, Rakyat Anti Komunisme, has threatened to disrupt any filming near the market. The Solo branch of the Gerakan Pemuda Ansor have also complained about the movie.

Parts of the film have already been shot, in Jakarta, where the city's police office did give permission.

Lastri is the first feature film by "Keana Production", and tells the story from the book by the same name, written by Ita F. Nadia, of a teenage love triangle involving members of two communist front organisations, Gerwani (communist womens' group) and the Consentrasi Mahasiswa Indonesia (CGMI) (communist affiliated student group), and a young soldier.

The main roles are played by Marcella Zalianty and Tio Pakusadewo, along with jazz singer Iga Mawarni, with other roles taken by Slamet Rahardjo, Dwi Sassono, Artika Sari Devi, and Lukman Sardi.

Marcella Zalianty
Beautiful "communist", Marcella Zalianty

Director Eross/Eros Djarot says he is disappointed with the Solo police's attitude, and that the film does not promote communism. [1]

December 14th 2008. Director Eros Djarot has cancelled production of the film, after having completed twelve scenes. He says this is due to the difficulty in obtaining permission for further shooting, and the recent, unrelated, arrest of actress Marcella Zalianty. [2]


39 Comments on “Film Lastri & Eros Djarot”

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  1. avatar monyetmerah says:
    November 18th, 2008 at 4:48 am

    And I thought Indonesia is a democratic country……

  2. avatar Berlian Biru says:
    November 18th, 2008 at 8:08 am

    “A 1966 decree by the parliament bans any promotion of Marxist-Leninism in Indonesia and remains in force.”

    And a jolly good thing too, well done Indonesia.

  3. avatar Cukurungan says:
    November 18th, 2008 at 9:24 am

    And I thought Indonesia is a democratic country……

    Democratic Country but with our own chosen taste but not Democratic System copy paste from the west failed society

  4. avatar kinch says:
    November 18th, 2008 at 9:42 am

    While it’s likely that the 1965/66 bloodbath and subsequent repression of anything vaguely communist was a good thing in terms of lives saved, having inoculated the host so effectively against one particular disease, it’s been left defenceless against creeping salafism – a far worse affliction.

    Funnily enough, despite all the vigilance against some far-fetched possible communist rebirth, the humanities departments of all the great (a relative term) universities of Indonesia have well-and truly succumbed to the Gramscian march through the institutions.

    There is of course a tendency to discount the historical communist threat. Actually not a tendency, a full blown head in the sand “I don’t wanna hear it” thing. It was real enough at the time.

    But today, it’s irrelevant. Deader than dead. Time to start shooting and clubbing the boys with stringy beards please.

  5. avatar stupid guy says:
    November 18th, 2008 at 10:54 am

    Director Eross/Eros Djarot says he is disappointed with the Solo police’s attitude, and that the film does not promote communism

    We should not be afraid of communism, because today’s communism is better than the original one, maybe even the best ideology for now. i.e. in China. Communism is just a name, even they are sometimes more capitalist than the U.S

    The real Communism maybe only in Cuba and North Korea

  6. avatar Anxoin says:
    November 18th, 2008 at 11:14 am

    Please, stopped that project. Dont touched about communism in Solo and Madiun, that very sensitive case. Its not just ideology problem but more than civil war. Very dangerous and complicated situation.

  7. avatar monyetmerah says:
    November 18th, 2008 at 12:00 pm

    Cuk,

    Democratic Country but with our own chosen taste but not Democratic System copy paste from the west failed society

    Failed western society?

    Are you kidding yourself?

    If you ask someone (with the right mind), which countries they would prefer to live I bet any money that most of them will choose to live in Western Countries.

    There are still people illegally tried to cross the ocean in small boats to try their luck living in the US, Australia and Europe.

  8. avatar bung tobing says:
    November 18th, 2008 at 1:19 pm

    I really want to see film on this issue other than one used to be shown every September 30th when Soeharto was in power. Well, I truly understand that people living in certain areas still have profound hatred toward communism but, hey, it is not New Order anymore.

  9. avatar Rambutan says:
    November 18th, 2008 at 1:48 pm

    The real scandal here is the failure of the police to stop the anti-communist groups (read: Islamic radicals) harassing the film team. Here is what the local police chief said:

    “Cerita film itu bernuansa historis dan ada kandungan politisnya. Kami tidak pernah menolaknya, tapi karena ada resistensi yang makin membesar dan kita juga harus melihat suasana kebatinan masyarakat karena peristiwa G30S/PKI menimbulkan luka mendalam di masyarakat.”
    Karena itu Taufik menyarankan agar pembuatan film tersebut dipertimbangkan lagi untuk menghindari keresahan yang nanti dikhawatirkan menimbulkan hal-hal yang tidak diinginkan. “Ya bukan dihentikan, tapi sebaiknya dikaji ulang,” ujarnya.

  10. avatar funny says:
    November 18th, 2008 at 2:46 pm

    Do the police ever succeeded stopping anything done by radicals?
    They should try doing the 1998 riots instead. That will get the ball rolling…..

    Don’t mind cuk. He’s a bit delusional.

  11. avatar Cukurungan says:
    November 18th, 2008 at 3:46 pm

    Failed western society?

    Are you kidding yourself?

    I am not kidding please check by your self the western people are going to extinction by their own idiocy and there are more pups in the street than kids and their prosperity fail to reduce high number of people who take their own life without purpose.

    If you ask someone (with the right mind), which countries they would prefer to live I bet any money that most of them will choose to live in Western Countries.

    There are still people illegally tried to cross the ocean in small boats to try their luck living in the US, Australia and Europe.

    Javanese and Sundanese are not belong to the human refugee like Chinese and India and we are happy to live in our own land with our own rule…so no reason why we have to go to other country

    Tell me what is enjoyment you can get if you live in the west with earning about $100K/year …You are nothing but in here you are a King….

  12. avatar rima says:
    November 18th, 2008 at 7:09 pm

    Democratic Country but with our own chosen taste but not Democratic System copy paste from the west failed society

    Yes, because we would like to fail even harder than the west society, which we have done successfully.

  13. avatar shorty says:
    November 18th, 2008 at 8:32 pm

    I wonder did either organisation read the script/talk to the director/suss out the story line….I doubt it.

    Maybe it’s an attempt to get a sizeable location fee?

    I’m a little confused….is a story about a soldier bonking 2 girls capitalist or communist?

    …..maybe commo if it’s mutual sharing, but what if money is involved?

    Seriously, I sometimes despair for our mentality. The scenario set out undoubtedly happened. How can we understand and grow if we cannot freely go back, visit, analyse, write and record our history.

  14. avatar Enigmatic says:
    November 18th, 2008 at 10:32 pm

    Javanese and Sundanese are not belong to the human refugee like Chinese and India and we are happy to live in our own land with our own rule…so no reason why we have to go to other country

    Human Refugee? Explain.

    Do the police ever succeeded stopping anything done by radicals?
    They should try doing the 1998 riots instead. That will get the ball rolling…..

    Don’t mind cuk. He’s a bit delusional.

    True. True.

    Please, stopped that project. Dont touched about communism in Solo and Madiun, that very sensitive case. Its not just ideology problem but more than civil war. Very dangerous and complicated situation.

    Yes the Madiun uprising, who can forget that? Even I am learning about that in my history syllabus in Singapore. But you see, we need to confront the devils of our past to move on into the future. That means we can’t move on as a society if we only sweep the past under the rug and not touch it. Besides the prospects of a Communist uprising today is perhaps nil because of its unpopularity and the amount of objection from the general people. Just think about it this way, at that time the Madiun Uprising discredited the Communist cause by showing itself as a selfish movement aiming at its own causes of a Communist Indonesia among nationalists and religious figures alike. So there is no harm in educating the people about their past and getting them to analyse it.

  15. avatar Andy says:
    November 19th, 2008 at 2:55 am

    cukurungan-Democratic Country but with our own chosen taste but not Democratic System copy paste from the west failed society

    Failed? I guess drinkable water, proper sewage systems, hot showers, social security, universal health care and human rights for all are not your kind of democracy. But those things are the basis of democracy. With the cornerstone being freedom of speech.

  16. avatar monyetmerah says:
    November 19th, 2008 at 6:57 am

    Cuk,

    Tell me what is enjoyment you can get if you live in the west with earning about $100K/year …You are nothing but in here you are a King….

    Can you back this with statistics? Or facts?

    How many / percentage of Indonesians actually earn $100K/year?

    How many / percentage of Westerners actually earn $100K/year?

    The answer should be pretty obvious (again to people with the right mind).

  17. avatar ultratupai says:
    November 19th, 2008 at 9:18 am

    History should not be swept under the rug.

    “A 1966 decree by the parliament bans any promotion of Marxist-Leninism in Indonesia and remains in force.”

    This decree should be lifted so that historical research or even social commentary in the form of films or other arts can be pursued. Freedom of speech is, indeed, the corner stone of democracy.

  18. avatar ultratupai says:
    November 19th, 2008 at 9:22 am

    By the way. Is the hammer and sickle image, which appears on the Home Page of Indonesia Matters next to this article a promotion of Marxism-Leninism? Is Indonesia Matters in violation of Indonesian law?

  19. avatar Andrew says:
    November 20th, 2008 at 2:51 am

    Javanese and Sundanese are not belong to the human refugee like Chinese and India and we are happy to live in our own land with our own rule…so no reason why we have to go to other country

    LOL, a statement that comes out of a desperate mouth. I hear ya, you guys have this “mangan ora mangan asal kumpul” slogan, hence you’d rather huddle in that crowded island. I don’t blame you, you’ve never seen anything better, and have no ambition to make progress (AAAH!! I get it, maybe that’s why Indonesia is so advanced now).

    Democratic Country but with our own chosen taste but not Democratic System copy paste from the west failed society

    …OOOOH, and that’s why Indonesia is so successful, and the west is nothing but failure.

  20. avatar Aluang Anak Bayang says:
    November 20th, 2008 at 3:32 am

    @ all

    Take it easy on our sheikh Cuk. Although infected with the arab disease, he sometime presents valid points.

    Re,

    Cukurungan Says:

    November 18th, 2008 at 9:24 am
    And I thought Indonesia is a democratic country……

    Democratic Country but with our own chosen taste but not Democratic System copy paste from the west failed society

    Let me explain what Sheikh Cuk was trying to say in the simplest possible term:

    Real democracy can only be applied to a wealthy and most importantly, an educated society; likewise a well-informed society can truly benefit from real democracy. This is possible for the west because they had in the past looted and stolen from the easts. Good example is Australia, Holland, Britian and America. Looking a little beyond 100 years, they had stolen (in Australia case, plus ‘rape’) from the Asians and the Blackies.

    Hence, with their ill-gotten wealth were able to build infrastructures and improve the lives of their own people. Then when democracy is applied as a system of governance, the voice of minorities and the disadvantageds can be heard and solution fixed or compromised. To fix a solution, you need money.

    In hindsight, Javanese at the height of Mojopahit should have robbed the wests when they were at their weakest. Then we would tell them to apply democracy, and sneered at them for not following it to the dot.

  21. avatar Aluang Anak Bayang says:
    November 20th, 2008 at 4:12 am

    Monyetmerah says:

    If you ask someone (with the right mind), which countries they would prefer to live I bet any money that most of them will choose to live in Western Countries.

    There are still people illegally tried to cross the ocean in small boats to try their luck living in the US, Australia and Europe.

    Sheikh Cuk says:

    Javanese and Sundanese are not belong to the human refugee like Chinese and India and we are happy to live in our own land with our own rule…so no reason why we have to go to other country

    Well said, Sheikh Cuk, but you need to elaborate more. Bules need to be told in very detailed and simplest term. Here, I reiterate what Sheikh Cuk said:

    For monyetmerah to say this, he must be an Indon-Chinese.

    Javanese and the rest of Indon-Pris belong to the Austronesian family. We are friendly and easily self-contented people, a bit of work now and then, and plenty of nongkrong with friends later. We live in a ‘shared’ society. Afterall we are blessed with paradise, and there is no real hurry to prepare and stockpile for rainy days. Our ancestors had welcomed every nations to live in our blessed paradise.

    The Chinese were resented because as migrant nationals, they grabbed as much as they can and looked down on our laxed lifestyle. The Bule, on the other hand, subdued and robbed us; become wealthy and able to live their ‘democracy’ fantasy back home. The Arabs are perverted and deceitful; telling us we are families, yet abused our maids. We do not have any real issue with the Indians besides their body odour, but these can be easily fixed with a good scrub. The first 3 are enemies, only the Indians are friends which was why we have adopted and absorbed some of their culture. There had never been any hardship or starvation before the arrival of these 3 groups. No pribumis, be they rich or poor, ever dreamt of living in someone else’s land. Otherwise, Australia will be flooded with Indon-pri refugees.

  22. avatar monyetmerah says:
    November 20th, 2008 at 4:50 am

    Hi Aluang,

    I think you generalised too much. Not every Chinese are the same, not every pribumi are the same, not every Indians smell.

    I prefer to live in Indonesia myself as I still regard myself as Indonesian, unfortunately the amount of hypocricy in Indonesia is too overwhelming (Departemen Agama = one of the most corrupt government agent in Indonesia, enough said).

    Too many BS in Indonesia.

  23. avatar Aluang Anak Bayang says:
    November 20th, 2008 at 6:08 am

    @ monyetmerah

    I refer to your ‘generalised’ statement below,

    If you ask someone (with the right mind), which countries they would prefer to live I bet any money that most of them will choose to live in Western Countries.

    There are still people illegally tried to cross the ocean in small boats to try their luck living in the US, Australia and Europe.

    Have you heard of pribumis attempting to illegally live in the wests for better lifestyle? Pribumis love a holiday, not living in foreign lands. The illegals are always the Chinese, Arabs, Africans and Indians. IM caters for expats especially Bule readerships. Your statement is not only generalising Indonesians (as this is an Indonesian blog), but very misleading.

    I have yet to response to a ignorant Bule’s statement in another thread that “A moslem Bule is every Indonesian women’ wet dream.” I have better things to do at the moment. Gee .. wonder where he got that from.

  24. avatar monyetmerah says:
    November 20th, 2008 at 8:12 am

    Hi Aluang,

    Have you heard of pribumis attempting to illegally live in the wests for better lifestyle? Pribumis love a holiday, not living in foreign lands. The illegals are always the Chinese, Arabs, Africans and Indians.

    I have no comment for ignorant statement like this, how about illegal TKI in Malaysia etc? I know it is not the west, but there are plenty of Indonesians (including pribumi) that overstay their visas in Australia. I feel sorry for people who still refer Indonesians as pribumi and chinese, we are all Indonesians.

  25. avatar Aluang Anak Bayang says:
    November 20th, 2008 at 10:34 am

    @ monyetmerah

    My response was not ignorant, it is your sentence that is misleading.

    Maybe your ‘west’ means West Malaysia, not bule countries. :)

    Malaysia is within the nusantara. Its border being artifically constructed by western powers to disunite us. At least you finally clarify that Indon-pris do not yearn for western lifestyle. We are happy where we are, for better or worse.

    I know it is not the west, but there are plenty of Indonesians (including pribumi) that overstay their visas in Australia. I feel sorry for people who still refer Indonesians as pribumi and chinese, we are all Indonesians.

    Out of a few thousands, there is always a few. I dare tell you that illegal pribumis in western countries is almost negligible. My parent worked with the ministry of foreign affair and was diplomat staff in several countries, we have the figures. The illegals are Indon-Chinese.

    I feel sorry for people who still refer Indonesians as pribumi and chinese, we are all Indonesians.

    You should feel sorry for the innocent Chinese murdered because of the action of the arrogant unassimilating hokkien. They never felt they are part of Indonesia. I will not go into detail how the once welcomed hokkien Chinese helped the bule. During the colonial era, the Dutch and the Brits do not get along, but when it comes to murdering Pris, they set aside their differences and ganged on us. Our war against whitey imperialism would have easily won if the Chinese treated Indonesian as their own motherland. A few Chinese who helped our guerilla warriors during the war years were rewarded beyond their wildest dream. You should know who they are. Dragonball is one hell of an example why we should always be on high alert befriending parasitic Chinese. Making his millions here and now bagging us.

  26. avatar monyetmerah says:
    November 20th, 2008 at 10:39 am

    So because of these bad apples you generalise that all Chinese are bad?

    Well then you cannot blame the people who generalise Moslems as terrorists.

  27. avatar funny says:
    November 20th, 2008 at 1:28 pm

    AAB,

    In one post you promotes hate to so many other races. It’s really quite amazing. While other races have tried and worked their way to abolish slavery, colonialization, hate, and all that unfavorable things, you are promoting it? In a hindsight while these “insert insult here” people are trying their best to be better, the “insert eulogy here” people are trying their best to be the “inset insult here” people? Yhen in one sentence you prove that you are a hypocrite.

    Tell me if indon-pris don’t like western lifestyle, wth are you doing in the internet? How do you get to work? Do you listen to the radio? Watch tv? Watching ‘sitcoms’ or mini-series? Ride a motorcycle? Take a taxi? Goes to a mall? Maybe listen to all these indon-pris bands playing their electric guitar, drum set, singing their songs with a mic? Or maybe buying their cassetes/CDs? Playing them in your MP3 player or CD-Player or Walkman? Are you wearing jeans? Pants? Shirts? Oh how about electricty?

    sheesh……….

    If this is the quality of people who think they know better then this country is done.

  28. avatar Andaru says:
    November 20th, 2008 at 3:11 pm

    Come on,

    does communism still significant in this world?

  29. avatar Bas says:
    November 21st, 2008 at 10:25 pm

    “And I thought Indonesia was a democratic country……”

    No right to a decent education, no access to health, no right to think what you want, no right to marry who you want, no right to live the way you want, no right to have the sexuality you want, no right to live with who you want, absolutely no right for justice and now no right to buy the food you want (the new “no imported food policy” from the bea and cukai mafia).

    And you think Indonesia was a democratic country?! Come on… Indonesia is definitely in the top ten worse dictatorship in the world. There are 1000 mega dictators, 100.000 big dictators (mostly civil “servants”, Pak RT, Pak RW, put in place by the Japaneses during the occupation and still in place now) and 100.000.000 little dictators in Indonesia. It may look like a democracy to the blinds, tourist or newcomers. But it’s not.

  30. avatar Lanang says:
    November 23rd, 2008 at 1:48 am

    Reminds me of Stalingrad’s Vatsily Zaitsev and Tania Chernova. Love in midst of war. Always an amusing plot.

    If Lastri is a pro-communist propaganda, would Ayat Ayat Cinta a pro-sharia one? Or local soaps, pro-capitalism?

    It’s banned in Solo, however, protesting voices would likely arise if it’s banned in Jakarta. Not on behalf of communism or alike, but on behalf of arts and culture. Or else, what’s the use of having artists up in the Assembly? Miming the theatricality of politics?

    does communism still significant in this world?

    Socialism still is, but more as a critic to capitalism and a compliment to liberalism.

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