Christine Hakim – heroine of Indonesia

I was privileged to meet and interview Christine Hakim. She is one of the most beloved Indonesian cultural figures - an acclaimed  actress, film producer, and someone who works for children's rights, women's rights, human rights. She has lived the history of Indonesian cinema and she is a woman of great beauty, intelligence, and generosity. She is especially famous for her role in "Djoet Nga Djien" where she played another heroine of Indonesia.

I was privileged to meet and interview Christine Hakim. She is one of the most beloved Indonesian cultural figures – an acclaimed actress, film producer, and someone who works for children’s rights, women’s rights, human rights. She has been part of  the history of Indonesian cinema and she is a woman of great beauty, intelligence, and generosity. She is especially famous for her role in “Tjoet Nja Dhien”(made in 1989, directed by Eros Djarot), where she played another heroine of Indonesia’s history.Tjoet Nja Dhien was a leader of  freedom fighters in Aceh (1896) – trying to defend their land against the Dutch colonial army.
I treasure the time spent interviewing Christine, at the the time this photograph of us both was taken by a friend of her’s She visited Gold Coast, QLD for the Asia Pacific Screen Awards when she was recognised for her great contribution, (as both actress and film producer) to Indonesian cinema.

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About cynephilia

Lifetime student of and devourer of international Cinema. Artist, teacher, traveller - especially to my "other home", Java, Indonesia. Features writer for 14 years, for The Jakarta Post, national English language daily newspaper. I was born in New Zealand, but lived in Queensland, Australia since 1970. My profound link with Indonesia began in 1983, when visiting Bali (then an island of arts and of inspiration for an artist), and then again in 1994 when a visit to Yogyakarta, Java, began a process of that town and it's warm people becoming another home and extended family for me. Yogyakarta is the Artistic capital of Indonesia, and so it was the place for me. In 2000 I became a regular contributor about the arts for The Jakarta Post, and cinema, my lifetime passion, later began to become my focus for writing. The advent of The Asia Pacific Screen Awards, (APSA) in South East Queensland, launched in 2007 gave me opportunities to meet some the great film-makers of Asia, and see their amazing work. APSA is a kind of "Oscars" for the Asia-Pacific Region.
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