Soegija

  • 120'
  • Indonesia
  • 2012
Soegijapranata, or Soegija as he was called, was the first Javanese bishop to be installed in the Dutch East Indies. That happened in 1942, the year when Japanese troops invaded Indonesia.
Garin Nugroho tells the story of Indonesia's complex multicultural society until after its independence, based on various characters whose lives touched each other and who were influenced by the ideas of Soegija. For instance, there is the nurse Maryem, whose brother is shot in the street. And Ling Ling, who is separated from her mother by the Japanese. And of course there are also roles for Dutch people: photographer Hendrick and soldier Robert.
Nugroho shows there is no such thing as absolute good and evil; that the Dutch were anything but sweet, and that not all Japanese entered the war with great conviction. Nugroho previously made the IFFR opening films Leaf on a Pillow (1998) and Opera Jawa (2006).
Director
Garin Nugroho
Premiere
European premiere
Country of production
Indonesia
Production Year
2012
Festival Edition
IFFR 2013
Length
120'
Medium
DCP
Languages
Indonesian, Dutch, English, Japanese, Javanese, Cantonese, Latin
Producer
Yoseph Iswarahadi
Production Company
Puskat Pictures/PT Alam Media
Sales
Puskat Pictures/PT Alam Media
Screenplay
Garin Nugroho, Armantono
Cinematography
Teoh Gay Hian
Editor
Wawan I. Wibowo
Production Design
Ong Hari Wahyu
Sound Design
Satrio Budiono
Music
Djaduk Ferianto
Cast
Nirwan Dewanto, Annisa Hertami