Chinese Traditional Culture in Indonesian Film - The Photograph(2007)

Teo, Miaw Lee (2018) Chinese Traditional Culture in Indonesian Film - The Photograph(2007). CHINESE TRADITIONAL CULTURE IN INDONESIAN FILM – THE PHOTOGRAPH (2007), 2 (1). pp. 1-8. ISSN 26008785

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Under Suharto‟s New Order regime (1966-1998), there is virtually no sign of ethnic Chinese culture or Chinese character featured in Indonesian film. However, after the outbreak of racial riot in 1998, between 2002 and 2007, there are a handful of Chinese-themed films produced and directed by Indonesian indigenous filmmakers. Most of their films are subsidized by foreign funding and appeared in national and international film circuit. Among the films, The Photograph (2007), directed by a female filmmaker, Nan Achnas presents an enormous amount of traditional Chinese culture. This paper evaluates the formation of diasporic Chinese identity through a close analysis of the cinematic and visual feature of the film. Incorporated with the filmmaker‟s experience, the discussion of the paper focuses on the representation of diasporic Chinese identity in the film text and that emblematized by the recurrent appearance of three photographs in the film. The paper argues Chinese-themed film like The Photograph not only recuperated Chinese Indonesian stories but also re-emphasized the cinematic portrayal of multi-ethnic society on Indonesian screen.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Chinese Traditional Culture, Chinese Indonesian, Chinese-themed film, unimas, university, universiti, Borneo, Malaysia, Sarawak, Kuching, Samarahan, ipta, education, research, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak.
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
N Fine Arts > N Visual arts (General) For photography, see TR
Divisions: Academic Faculties, Institutes and Centres > Faculty of Applied and Creative Arts
Depositing User: Lee
Date Deposited: 31 May 2021 07:01
Last Modified: 31 May 2021 07:01

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