Indonesian with English subtitles
By Chairun Nissa
Cuts examines film censorship in Indonesia through the experience of Edwin and Meiske Taurisia, director and producer of Blind Pig Who Wants to Fly (2008). In Indonesia, all films must be approved by the Indonesian Film Censorship Board (LSF) before they can be released on the regular screening circuit. With total control over what is distributed, films containing sex, politics or other subjects deemed controversial by the censors do not make it to the cinemas. While the LSF sees itself as protecting the public from negative influence and unwarranted agitation, a check welcomed by some, the troubling fact remains that there is little clarity on how censorship is regulated.
It is under these circumstances that Edwin and Meiske submit their film to the LSF. After 26 days of waiting and multiple trips to their offices, Blind Pig Who Wants to Fly is rejected and the filmmakers are asked to revise it. The filmmakers appeal for an audience with the board to better understand the thought process behind this verdict, which takes another two months. When the meeting proves inconclusive, they decide to undertake the Herculean task of examining the workings of the LSF more closely. Moving from the red carpet at the Indonesian Film Festival organised by the Indonesian Film Board, to the LSF’s registration counters, waiting rooms and appeals offices, to the Constitutional Court and the House of Representatives, Cuts reveals just how convoluted the process of formulating and enacting laws and policies on film censorship is.
Post-screening Q&A with Meiska Taurisia (Producer)
Cuts had its world premiere at the 29th IDFA (Netherlands, 2016). It has also been screened at the 15th Festival Film Dokumenter (Indonesia, 2016).
Chairun Nissa (b. 1984) graduated with a degree in Film Direction from the Jakarta Art Institute in 2009. Her thesis project, Full Moon (2009), achieved a Special Mention at the 9th Rome Independent Film Festival (Italy, 2010). In 2013, she became the inaugural fellow of the John Darling Fellowship at the Australian National University. Her short film Chocolate Comedy (2013) premiered at the 26th IDFA (Netherlands) in the same year. Cuts (2016) is her first feature film.
Indonesian with English subtitles
Approximately 70 minutes
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