LAYAR KLASIK

P lease let me introduce myself. My name is Lisabona Rahman, the person in charge to arrange this program, and I will start this introduction with a series of personal memory. Since its first appearance, Jogja NETPAC Asian Film Festival has been making efforts on creating programs aimed to introduce the heritage of Asian cinemas. One event of this festival which leaves the best impression in my memory up until now is the retrospective works from the makers behind Dharmasena Pathiraja, produced in Sri Lanka, which was held at the 3rd JAFF in 2008. I felt like I was brought freely to a Sri Lanka urban life in the 1970s, and in there I saw so many similarities with the general Jakarta lifestyle during the 1960s and 1970s.

Coming from that special memory of mine, I then asked for opportunities for this Asian cinema festival program to be held anually and to continue the great work they had been doing. I wanted to share many memorable meetings with Asian classic films with many others.

The chance to watch Asian classic films is far more difficult to be encountered in Asia itself compared to if we are to watch them in the western countries of Europe or North America. I think it is the right time for us to create more sharing spaces for the cinematic culture in Asia to flourish as a matter of culture appreciations amongst the neighboring countries so there will be a great growth of realization that these cultures are our original roots. This first chance is dedicated especially to introduce South East Asia classic films.

The culture of preserving classic films in Asia varies. There are places doing it attentively such as Thailand or Japan, there are also the ones which just begin giving special attention, such as us here in Indonesia. Through this program, we will have a good opportunity to appreciate the result of the preservation and restoration of film archives in our region through various of different films from Indonesia, Japan, the Philippines, and Thailand. It must be taken into notes that in Asia, there is a thing called regional archive such as Asian Film Archive (AFA) from Singapore, which provides the film Batch ‘81.

Here, I want to thank my colleagues in Pusbangfilm Kemendikbud RI, the archivists in AFA, Film Archive (Public Organization) Thailand, also Japan Foundation Jakarta who have participated in this program. I hope this program becomes a great stepping stone for the upcoming programs soon in the future. Please enjoy and share the heritage Asian cinemas!

P erkenankan saya, Lisabona Rahman yang menyusun program, untuk memulai pengantar ini dengan rekaan ingatan. Sejak awal, Jogja NETPAC Asian Film Festival telah membuat program untuk memperkenalkan warisan sinema Asia. Salah satu yang sangat membekas di ingatan saya adalah retrospektif karya pembuat film Dharmasena Pathiraja dari Sri Lanka yang diadakan pada edisi ke-4 tahun 2008. Saya merasa dibawa larut ke dalam kehidupan urban Sri Lanka pada tahun 1970-an dan melihat banyak sekali paralelnya dengan kehidupan Jakarta pada periode 1960-an dan 1970-an.

Berangkat dari kenangan manis itu, saya meminta kesempatan untuk meneruskan program warisan budaya sinema Asia di festival ini. Saya ingin berbagi perjumpaan-perjumpaan yang amat berkesan dengan film-film klasik Asia.

Kesempatan menonton film klasik Asia lebih sulit didapatkan di dalam wilayah Asia sendiri dibandingkan di kota-kota di Eropa atau di Amerika Utara. Sudah saatnya kita menciptakan lebih banyak kesempatan untuk berbagi warisan budaya sinema sesama tetangga dan menumbuhkan rasa kepemilikan bersama. Kesempatan saya yang pertama ini ditujukan khususnya untuk memperkenalkan film-film klasik Asia Tenggara.

Budaya pelestarian film klasik di wilayah Asia sangat bervariasi. Ada wilayah yang melakukannya dengan penuh perhatian, misalnya di Thailand atau Jepang, ada juga yang baru mulai memperhatikan, seperti kita di Indonesia. Dalam kesempatan program kali ini kita akan mempunyai kesempatan baik untuk memberi apresiasi terhadap hasil pelestarian dan restorasi dari koleksi arsip di wilayah kita melalui film-film dari Indonesia, Jepang, Filipina dan Thailand. Perlu dicatat bahwa di Asia juga ada arsip regional seperti Asian Film Archive (AFA) dari Singapura yang menyediakan film Batch ’81.

Di sini saya ingin mengucapkan banyak-banyak terima kasih kepada rekan-rekan di Pusbangfilm Kemendikbud RI, arsiparis di AFA, Film Archive (Public Organization) Thailand serta tim Japan Foundation Jakarta yang telah bersedia berpartisipasi di dalam program kali ini. Saya berharap bahwa program ini adalah yang pertama dari serangkaian program rutin di masa depan. Selamat menikmati dan berbagi warisan sinema Asia!

Lisabona Rahman

Programmer

Pagar Kawat Berduri

Asrul Sani /123 minutes/1961/ Indonesia/Fiction

Batch’81

Mike de Leon /107 minutes/1982/ Philippines/Fiction

Santi-Vina

Thavi Na Bangchang /116 minutes/1954/Thailand/Fiction

Tokyo Monogatari (Tokyo Story)

Yasujiro Ozu /139 minutes/1953/ Jepang/Fiction