Tuesday, April 23, 7:00 PM @ Joffrey Ballet Tower Studio A, 10 East Randolph Street
MEMORIES OF MY BODY (Kucumbu tubuh indahku) | CHICAGO PREMIERE
Indonesia | 2018 | 106 Minutes | DCP
In Bahasa Indonesian w/English subtitles
Genre: Biopic - LGBT/Music & Dance
Director: Garin Nugroho
Starring: Muhammad Khan, Raditya Evandra, Rianto, SujiwoTejo
Film Source: Asian Shadows International Sales Ltd., Hong Kong
Juno is a pre-teen when he is abandoned by his father in their village in Central Java. Alone now, he joins a Lengger dance troupe where male dancers dress as woman and perform female roles. But the sensuality and sexuality that come from dance and bodies, mixed with the violent social and political Indonesian environment, force Juno to move from village to village. On his journey, Juno gets attention and love from his dance teachers, his weird aunty, his old uncle, a handsome boxer and a Warok, he still has to face the battlefield that his body is becoming his own.
See below for Film Reviews:
"Nugroho teases striking poetic imagery out of the socially and sexually conscious material and strikes a delicate balance between his trademark aesthetics (...) and his penchant for sharp political commentary. (...) At once evoking the gritty realities of agrarian Indonesia while also celebrating the richness of its folk culture, Memories offers a complex picture of the conflicting social and historical traumas concealed within the bodies and minds of marginalized, oppressed social groups in a nominally secular country." - Clarence TSUI at The Hollywood Reporter
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