Film Perempuan Berkalung Sorban

Jan 28th, 2009, in News, by

Revalina S Temat gets stoned in the latest blockbuster Islamic theme movie, “Perempuan Berkalung Sorban”.

After the runaway success of the Islamic themed film Ayat Ayat Cinta comes “Perempuan Berkalung Sorban”, based on the novel by Abidah el Khalieqy which was first published by the Yayasan Kesejahteraan Fatayat in Yogyakarta in 2001.

Starring everyone’s favourite girl next door Revalina S. Temat, who plays Anissa, the daughter of the leader of a traditionalist and very conservative Islamic boarding school (pesantren) in East Java.

Her father’s school, described as “salaf” or “salafiah”, teaches that knowledge must be based on the Quran, Hadith and Sunnah, and that modern works that have no such basis are not to be touched. Annissa struggles with this teaching and she believes that Islam, or her father’s version of it, does not treat women fairly.

Annissa’s opinions are ignored by all around as the musings of a little girl, except by the handsome Hanya Khudori (played by Oka Antara), a relation on her mother’s side. Annissa falls in love with him but Oka, mindful of the blood link and his relationship to the girl’s father, attempts to kill the romance and flees to Egypt to continue his studies.

Crestfallen, Annissa tries to go her own way by enrolling at a school in Yogyakarta but her father rages that an unmarried girl cannot go off on her own, and besides, at her new school she may be exposed to unIslamic teachings. Kyai Hanan, played by Joshua Pandelaky, decides to marry his daughter off to the son of another Salaf school, but it is an unhappy marriage and Anissa later learns that her husband, Samsudin (Reza Rahadian), is a polygamist.

Finally her first love Khudori returns from Cairo and their previously interrupted love is rekindled….

Movie Posters

Improbable promotional shots for the film:


The movie trailer, suggesting the film features a correctly proportioned share of domestic violence and family shouting match scenes:


The lovely Malaysian but honorary Indonesian singer Siti Nurhaliza performs the movie’s title track song:

17 Comments on “Film Perempuan Berkalung Sorban”

  1. bodrox says:

    Hmm, it sound like a plural Islamic movie. But, i still hope it will be different media for “dakwah”.

  2. Burung Koel says:

    Nice horses. I didn’t realise that pesantren students in East Java could all ride thoroughbreds, or had access to them, for that matter.

  3. DumadiSatrio says:

    Wow, did you catch to stoning at the end of the trailer?
    This movie looks pretty intense.

  4. bung tobing says:

    I second Dumadi, at first, I thought it would be another normal religious film. But, stoning?

  5. DumadiSatrio says:

    Actually, I’m kind of positive certain groups (arabian wahhabi types) are going to run amok over this film. Hopefully not.

  6. Berlian Biru says:

    Noisy flick innit?

  7. sputjam says:

    getting stoned have a different meaning to some people.
    anyway, the punishment for adultery is 100 lashes as stated in the quran. stoning to death for adultery is derived from the bible.

  8. new malay says:

    muslim women had no valued !! free them !!!

  9. Farah says:

    muslim women had no valued !! free them !!!

    Before saying that.. could you see your self in the mirror first please ??

    Before you pointing other people, point your self first.

  10. Reno says:

    Daring … Honest … yet religious !

  11. Tini says:

    Is this movie out…i want to watch it???

  12. loneAbe says:

    This movie is a crap which try to misperceive the original way of Islam.
    The actress said Islam was not treating its women fairly?
    The people of the boarding school are anarchy?
    The ustadz are all high temperament? And need anger management therapy ? :p
    These are ridiculous! Someone wanted to pull a string here to provoke us moslems.

  13. Tini says:

    Ok..i’ve got the vcd…will watch it tonight and update how i find it…
    Till again…

  14. annisa says:

    i just finished watching the movie and i think this movie is AWESOME!!!.
    i love this movie rather than ayat ayat cinta. TWO THUMBS UP!!! =]

  15. diego says:

    Nice horses. I didn’t realise that pesantren students in East Java could all ride thoroughbreds, or had access to them, for that matter.

    The pesantren in the movie probably is owned by one of our candidates for president.

  16. uder says:

    Really a good film.

    I think this film try to show the problem that happen in Muslim community in all around the world.. not only in the pesantren.. and i know it happened..

    Muslim must take the positive side of this film and always try to improve our understanding about Islam..

    Islam is perfect but not us the muslim..

  17. nora says:

    The movie has its interesting elements but the deliverance of the story due to actors and story line doesn’t gave it’s best shot. The movie is not strong enough to deliver the message about woman in Islam. The story is more about the individual (Anissa) and honestly she did not fight for the woman rights in her school. She is not a fighter more as a repel on her own interest.

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