Mira Lesmana

Mira Lesmana

Mira Lesmana was born in Jakarta in 1964. She majored in Film Directing Jakarta Institute of Arts (IKJ), but then graduated from the Department of Film Production. Mira’s love of Indonesian cinema is undeniable. Her determination to turn back Indonesian movie industry came true when she collaborated with Riri Riza, Nan Achnas, and Rizal Mantovani, together writing, directing, and producing Kuldesak monumental movie. The film was released in 1998, when Indonesian film industry was hit by crisis. She made history not only because of its success, but also because the important story behind the making. Mira seemed to re-ignite the passion of Indonesian cinema industry when successfully producing Petualangan Sherina (2000) and Ada Apa dengan Cinta? (2002). Both films dominated the box office, inviting the return of Indonesia’s young generation to the cinema to watch children’s film production. In 2008 and 2009, Mira produced the film Laskar Pelangi and Sang Pemimpi that regained commercial success despite starring a number of faces the society had not known. Even Laskar Pelangi, aired at the Panorama sessions of Berlinale Film Festival in 2009, is also recorded as Indonesia’s box office movie with the highest number of viewers in the country during the decade. Athirah was Mira’s latest movie released in 2016. Its international version entitled Emma’ (Mother) and has been screened in a number of international film festivals in Vancouver, Busan, and Tokyo. Athirah also won six awards from the 2016 Indonesian Film Festival, including the Best Film of the Year.