In partnership with the Australia Indonesia Youth Association, BBIP presented the film Kartini at Cinema Paradiso on Saturday 20 May.
Collin Wiyoto (AIYA) welcomed a full house to the event, saying, " I’m so happy to be in this cinema filled with people from the Indonesian community and those who support the Indonesian community. It’s very nice for Indonesians and non-Indonesians to come together, enjoy a film and just get to know each other.
Collin also explained that "20 May is a very special day for us Indonesians; it is our “Hari Kebangkitan Nasional” (National Awakening day) a day that remembers the momentous struggle which led to our independence.
Kartini, one of Indonesia’s leading intellectuals at that time, actually played a role in the initial idea of Indonesia as being a unified archipelago, Indonesia as a nation. She was a pioneer in the area of education for girls and became an advocate for the emancipation of women – she stood up for women’s rights and became a national heroine in Indonesia."
Kartini stars Dian Sastrowardoyo, Reza Rahadian and Adinia Wirasti and tells Kartini's story from childhood through to her success in establishing schools for girls and women.
At the end of the screening the audience were either teary or clapping or both. Yes, it was very well received.
BBIP and AIYA are grateful to the following sponsors for supporting this screening: