Celebrating Identity, Celebrating Changes

I still have a vivid memory of the days prior to the establishment of Jogja-NETPAC Asian Film Festival (JAFF). Philip Cheah and I met with at least 75 film communities in Yogyakarta. Philip was shocked but also amazed at the spirit as well as the diversity of film communities in Yogyakarta. That meeting has led to our conclusion that our identity as a festival always evolves with the identity of film communities in Yogyakarta and Indonesia.

 

Film communities continue to evolve with new forms of challenges as a constant adaptation to the fast changes of the new era. Such process is also shaped by the development of new film technology, the birth of new generations of filmmakers, new ways in watching film, the aliveness of film in the renewing public space, and expressions as a counter of the new era.

 

I was also reminded of the fact that the first edition of JAFF was held just after an earthquake severely destroyed Yogyakarta, which had left the city devastated. There were anxieties in starting the work due to the possibilities of recurrent earthquake and post-disaster grievance. But JAFF was still held in order to provide moral support and initiate various new activities in the city of Yogyakarta.

 

The two aforementioned notes suggest that the identity of JAFF continues to evolve—being an unfinished process and an adaptation to social, economic, political, and cultural conditions as well as new technology.

 

Overall, our identity is our reaction and response to changes. The identity of JAFF is the idea of change itself.

 

Merayakan Identitas, Merayakan Perubahan



Saya teringat ketika periode awal Jogja-NETPAC Asian Film Festival (JAFF) akan didirikan. Saya dan Philip Cheah bertemu dengan kurang lebih 75 komunitas film di Yogyakarta. Phillip terkaget dan terkagum dengan spirit serta begitu banyak dan beragamnya komunitas film di Yogyakarta. Pertemuan ini membawa kesimpulan pada kami, bahwa identitas JAFF senantiasa bertumbuh bersama dengan keberagaman identitas komunitas film di Yogyakarta ataupun Indonesia.

 

Komunitas terus bertumbuh dalam tantangan dan rupa baru sebagai proses adaptasi terus-menerus dengan pertumbuhan zamannya. Proses adaptasi itu juga dipengaruhi oleh pertumbuhan teknologi film, percepatan generasi baru pembuat film, cara menonton dan melihat film, hingga daya hidupnya di tengah ruang publik yang terus memperbarui diri, serta ruang ekpresi yang menemukan cara tersendiri untuk membaca dan memberi gugatan pada zamannya.

 

Saya juga teringat, bahwa JAFF pertama kali dijalankan selepas gempa bumi yang meluluhlantakkan Yogyakarta, sehingga Yogyakarta menjadi seperti kota mati. Pada saat itu begitu banyak kekhawatiran meliputi ketika memulai aktivitas bekerja karena khawatir akan bencana dan situasi duka. Namun, diputuskan JAFF tetap dijalankan dengan tujuan memberi hidup dan menghidupkan aktivitas Kota Yogyakarta.

 

Dua catatan di atas menunjukkan bahwa identitas JAFF adalah sesuatu yang berproses tidak pernah berhenti, beradaptasi dengan kondisi sosial, ekonomi, politik, dan budaya serta dunia teknologi baru.

Identitas JAFF adalah cara bereaksi, bekerja, dan menanggapi perubahan itu sendiri. Identitas JAFF adalah perubahan itu sendiri.

 

Garin Nugroho

Festival President