International Virtual Conference

“Women in Indonesian Film and Cinema”

By

KAFEIN

Supported by

UNESCO & From The People of Japan

In coordination with

Badan Perfilman Indonesia
Official Publication
About the Conference

This virtual conference is part of stakeholder dissemination and consultation in the Gender-Disaggregated Data Collection Project in the Indonesian Film Industry. This data collection involves KAFEIN (Association of the Indonesian Film Scholars) to conduct research and UNESCO – Japanese Funds-in-Trust as part of efforts to support the diversity of cultural expressions in the Southeast Asian film industry, assisted by the Indonesian Film Agency (BPI) in coordinating with film stakeholders. The conference papers will be presented in a video format, which will be open until August 31, 2020. The papers will be published in the journal Women’s Arm.

The theme “Women in Film and Indonesian Cinema” was chosen to see the balance of opportunity for women filmmakers and the effect of that balance on the resulting film works. At first glance, Indonesian film looks gender-friendly: female producers fly and become people who influence public opinion, but in statistics, the number of female filmmakers and their work is not comparable to male filmmakers and their films. Another thing is the confidence of women-friendly film content formed by female film creators showing a better trend of gender equality. Is it really like that on the ground? How strong is the authority of female filmmakers? How big is the chance for women to hold important positions such as director, producer, scriptwriter, camera person, sound person, art director, or editor? What are the opportunities for women to get support in the form of awards, investments and funding, or film scholarships? What are the possibilities and opportunities that are open in film school? What is the difference in opportunities at school and in the world of work? Are opportunities for film professors equal for all genders? This project focuses on understanding the development of films and films involving women in Indonesia.

There are several goals to be achieved at this virtual conference, including:

1. Compiling existing findings and thoughts related to Indonesian films and films and their relationship with gender.
2. Creating dissemination through a long-term documented discussion room and virtually integrated among researchers about women in film and film.
3. Forming the initial database related to gender-disaggregated data from the Indonesian film industry.
4. Compiling recommendations for developing policies, data, data collection strategies and further analysis for this project.

This conference is still open for new abstracts until the end of July 2020.

Sazkia Noor Anggraini M.Sn.
Tito Imanda PhD

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Plot of the Virtual Conference

KAFEIN has developed the first draft framework and methodology for this project. The first draft has been distributed to film reviewers and activists, and will be the main topic at the virtual conference. The conference invited several speakers to present the results of their studies and research related to the above topic through videos, to enrich the draft. Each speaker is also asked to respond to other speakers, carried out in the “discussion” section of this website. The discussion that appears will strengthen the results of the study and the resulting recommendations. In addition to strengthening the KAFEIN research project, detailed aspects and nuances of the papers will be published in the journal Women’s Arm (Women in Art and Media), published by KAFEIN.

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Preparation
  • Sending abstract, approved by KAFEIN
  • Paper writing & Record Video Presentation
  • Sending paper and video to KAFEIN
Execution
  • watching presentation videos
  • giving input and asking questions
  • giving input to KAFEIN
Journal
  • Selection and developing papers
  • Review & edit paper
  • Publishing Journal
Panels

History Panel

Exploring the role of women in the Indonesian film history and exploring the history of women film in Indonesia
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Contact & Information
UNESCO

United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
Organisation des Nations Unies pour l'éducation, la science et la culture

Greeting from UNESCO Jakarta!

Imagine a world where there is only one tune of music, one book to read or one movie to watch. It will be awfully a sad and dull place to be. Diverse cultural and artistic expressions constitute a fundamental strength of humanity that need to be cherished and promoted. It is with this credo that UNESCO member states adopted in 2005 a new Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions. By ratifying this Convention, State-Parties, including Indonesia, agree to put in place conducive environment for the production and dissemination of, and access to, diversity of artistic and cultural expressions available through cultural goods and services.

Balanced and equitable representation of both men and women is one of the critical conditions of the diversity of cultural expression. There is no diversity, if one side of voice is missing from artistic creation. While the debate on gender mainstreaming has reached many areas of our society, cultural industry sector has remained rather slow in embracing the principle. Film is one such sector where acute gender-based disparity and abuse came to our attention in recent time. However, effective policy action has been often slow with ‘’lack of data and evidence” as an excuse.

This collaboration between UNESCO and KAFEIN therefore looks into the opportunity of developing a gender-disaggregated data collection framework to track whether men and women avail of equal and equitable opportunities in terms of access to training and education, employment, funding etc to develop their career within the film industry. Such data collection framework should serve as a basis to regularly monitor the trend in the sector, identify the policy lacunae and track the effectiveness of future government interventions.

UNESCO thanks full-heartedly the Indonesian film professionals and academics who join the debate through the active coordination of KAFEIN. Our sincere appreciate goes to the Government and people of Japan who support this initiative through UNESCO-Japan Funds-in-Trust. We hope this virtual forum will go a long way to support the emergence of dynamic artistic expressions from Indonesian film.

Shahbaz Khan, Director and UNESCO Representative for Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines and Timor Leste

Shahbaz Khan
Director and UNESCO Representative for Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines and Timor Leste

UNESCO

United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
Organisation des Nations Unies pour l'éducation, la science et la culture

Greeting from UNESCO Jakarta!

Imagine a world where there is only one tune of music, one book to read or one movie to watch. It will be awfully a sad and dull place to be. Diverse cultural and artistic expressions constitute a fundamental strength of humanity that need to be cherished and promoted. It is with this credo that UNESCO member states adopted in 2005 a new Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions. By ratifying this Convention, State-Parties, including Indonesia, agree to put in place conducive environment for the production and dissemination of, and access to, diversity of artistic and cultural expressions available through cultural goods and services.

Balanced and equitable representation of both men and women is one of the critical conditions of the diversity of cultural expression. There is no diversity, if one side of voice is missing from artistic creation. While the debate on gender mainstreaming has reached many areas of our society, cultural industry sector has remained rather slow in embracing the principle. Film is one such sector where acute gender-based disparity and abuse came to our attention in recent time. However, effective policy action has been often slow with ‘’lack of data and evidence” as an excuse.

This collaboration between UNESCO and KAFEIN therefore looks into the opportunity of developing a gender-disaggregated data collection framework to track whether men and women avail of equal and equitable opportunities in terms of access to training and education, employment, funding etc to develop their career within the film industry. Such data collection framework should serve as a basis to regularly monitor the trend in the sector, identify the policy lacunae and track the effectiveness of future government interventions.

UNESCO thanks full-heartedly the Indonesian film professionals and academics who join the debate through the active coordination of KAFEIN. Our sincere appreciate goes to the Government and people of Japan who support this initiative through UNESCO-Japan Funds-in-Trust. We hope this virtual forum will go a long way to support the emergence of dynamic artistic expressions from Indonesian film.

Shahbaz Khan, Director and UNESCO Representative for Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines and Timor Leste

Shahbaz Khan
Director and UNESCO Representative for Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines and Timor Leste