The anthology CHILDREN OF SRIKANDI is the first film about the world and experiences of queer women in Indonesia. In interlaced short films, eight female filmmakers tell us about what it means to be a queer woman in the most populous Islamic country in the world. The anthology CHILDREN OF SRIKANDI is the first film about the world and experiences of queer women in Indonesia. In interlaced short films, eight female filmmakers tell us about what it means to be a queer woman in the most populous Islamic country in the world. For this, they did nearly everything by themselves. They learned to write a script, to hold a camera, to edit.. to become filmmakers. They all got the immense courage to speak out their truth, in a context of recent violent attacks against LGBT events.
These moving authentic and poetic stories are interlinked with the tale of Srikandi, which serves as the framework plot. Srikandi is one of the main characters of the Mahabharata, a well-known Indian epic. Even today Srikandi is still frequently used in the traditional Javanese shadow puppet theatre plays (wayang kulit). By changing gender identity (born as a female, but living as a man) and sexual orientation, i.e. crossing the bounds of the normative perceptions of being a woman, Srikandi is a strong symbol for many women in Indonesia. She is a “female warrior”. Srikandi’s story features in beautiful shadow theater scenes, used as transitions, serving to remind viewers that same-sex love and gender variety were not imported from the West but in fact form a deep and ancient aspect of Indonesian society.
We have now completed 90% of the film and are working towards the completion to make it fit for the big screen!
Please help us to make a difference and to empower queer women around the world! Help us to make them believe in their own voices and inspire them to tell their own truths!
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