Children of Srikandi

Indonesia/ Germany 2012 | Dir. Children of Srikandi Collective | 73 min |

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CHILDREN OF SRIKANDI is the first film about queer women in Indonesia, the country with the world´s largest Muslim population. Eight authentic and poetic stories are interwoven with beautiful shadow theater scenes that tell the story of Srikandi, one of the characters of the Indian Mahabharata. This collective anthology transcends the borders between documentary, fiction and experimental film.

CHILDREN OF SRIKANDI - collaborative, ethnographically rich, and theoretically sophisticated - is visual anthropology at its very best! Conceived of and filmed by eight queer Indonesians, Children of Srikandi provides intimate auto-ethnographic insights into the politics, predicaments, and possibilities of queer life in post-authoritarian Indonesia. Beautifully shot and edited, the film alternates between personal stories of daily lives and broader themes of politics, religion, and nation. This film should be required viewing for undergraduate and graduate courses in cultural anthropology, gender and sexuality studies, film/media studies and Asian studies.
— James B. Hoesterey, Emory University, Board Member, Commission for Visual Anthropology (CVA)
CHILDREN OF SRIKANDI adds an incredibly valuable perspective to anyone interested in women’s issues and queer issues in Southeast Asia. Since the film looks at a part of Indonesian life and society that is often hidden from view, it is an eye-opening experience and very helpful in expanding our discussions about religion, identity and private life.
— Sarah Maxim, Vice Chair, Center for Southeast Asia Studies, UC Berkeley
This film gives a unique and moving insight into the lives and dreams of members of one of the most abjected groups in Indonesia, young lesbian women. Telling their own stories, of love and pain, they demonstrate their courage and perseverance.
— Saskia Wieringa, University of Amsterdam