Indonesia Selects Controversial ‘Memories of My Body’ as Oscar Contender

Indonesia Selects Controversial ‘Memories of My Body’ as Oscar Contender
Memories of My Body,” directed by Garin Nugroho, has been selected to represent Indonesia at the Academy Awards in the international feature film category (previously best foreign-language film). The announcement was made Tuesday by actress Christine Hakim representing the Indonesian Film Selection Committee.

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
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