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Film by Laura Coppens at Berlinale

News from Feb 07, 2012

Invitation Panorama Dokumente: Anak-Anak Srikandi/ Children of Srikandi


Dear all,

we kindly invite you to the screenings of "Anak-Anak Srikandi/ Children of Srikandi"  in the Berlinale Panorama section by alumni Laura Coppens from the Institute for Social and Cultural Anthropology at the Freie Universität  Berlin.


Anak-Anak Srikandi/ Children of Srikandi

Länge: 73 min.

Herstellungsjahr: 2012

Land: Indonesien / Deutschland / Schweiz

Regie:  Children of Srikandi Collective

Produktionsfirma: Srikandi Films Berlin, Celestefilm Berlin

Berlinale Sektion: Panorama

Berlinale Kategorie: Dokumentarfilm

Screening at the Festival:


11. 02. 12 CineStar 7 20:00 World Premiere

12. 02. 12 CineStar 7 23:00

13. 02. 12 Colosseum 1 15:30

18. 02. 12 CineStar 7 14:30


Srikandi is a female figure from the Indian Mahabharata epic that changes gender to live and fight as an equal among men. This character is a role model for eight highly personal perspectives on lesbian, bisexual and transidentity life in Islamic Indonesia. The film, which began as a collective project, moves from personal essay into a radical conceptual exploration of queer politics and maps out self-confidently the situation in which a generation of women are beginning to find a voice. Politics, identity, the search for substitute families, the fear of violence, even among lesbians, the social exclusion of minorities and self-imposed silence are some of the topics addressed, as are the deliberate eschewal of labels for one’s own life and one’s personal religious beliefs and the wearing of the hijab. Making use of local forms of storytelling, the film also demonstrates that indigenous role models exist for strong women and alternative gender identities. Javanese shadowplay links and interweaves the different stories of the protagonists, but ANAK-ANAK SRIKANDI is goes far beyond being a typical episodic film.