The fact-based film depicts the story of a young man from a dance troupe that performs Lengger Lanang, a folk dance from central Java usually performed in pairs, with men often taking both male and female roles. It is based on the real story of Rianto, a dancer who was abused as a child, explored masculinity and femininity while growing up, and endured traumatic experiences, discrimination and violence. Rianto himself plays the dancer as an adult and narrates the film.
It has proved deeply controversial with Islamic religious groups, which labeled it “deviant” and “promoting Lgbt values.” It was banned in five provinces.
Despite that stigma, the