Building U.S.-Indonesia Mutual Understanding Since 1994

Women in Indonesian Film

Please join USINDO and the Embassy of Indonesia for a discussion of one of the world’s most dynamic film industry, which serves a growing audience of some 40 million people. Following political reforms in 1998, Indonesia’s film industry has exploded with awards-winning films and box office hits, with local films attracting millions of viewers and winning international film festivals.

At the forefront of this progress are a handful of women film-makers, and Mira Lesmana and Shanty Harmayn, are among them. Women film-makers in a country with the world’s biggest Muslim population? These two women will discuss that surprise and more, in a talk that explores the trials and tribulations of reviving a film industry once all but left for dead.

The discussion is part of the Indonesian Film Festival, which runs from Oct. 1 to Oct 3, with nightly film screenings at 6:30 pm at the Motion Picture Association (MPAA) and the John Hopkins University, as well as daytime screenings and cultural performances at the Embassy of Indonesia, 2020 Massachusetts Avenue, Washington DC. For moreinformation, please check out our website:

Traditional Indonesian snacks will be served at the discussion.