Let’s get lost: unmapping history and Reformasi in the Indonesian film Tiga Hari Untuk Selamanya


Dag Yngvesson

Dag Yngvesson is a filmmaker, lecturer, and PhD candidate in Cultural Studies at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis. Drawing on a diverse theoretical perspective and many years of film work in the US, Java and Bali, his dissertation will focus on the relationship between recent cinema and histories of colonialism, nationalism, and religious and economic movements in Indonesia. He directed the critical documentary Rated X: A Journey Through Porn (2001 Pathfinder Pictures) and is currently working on a long-term, collaborative film/ethnography on the large Indonesian migrant community in South Philadelphia. While completing PhD coursework, he is in the final stages of editing Banyak Ayam, Banyak Rejeki  (Many Chickens, Lots of Luck). Co-directed with Indonesian filmmaker Koes Yuliadi, Banyak Ayam is a feature-length satire focused on Puspo Wardoyo, restauranteur and figurehead for a new, highly capitalistic movement within contemporary Indonesian Islam. The film takes aim at Wardoyo’s much-publicized promotion of his conservative, pro-business agenda, which combines economic development philosophy with the tropes of Suharto-era nationalism and a strong emphasis on the practice of polygamy. Yngvesson has served as cinematographer or otherwise collaborated on several other films dealing with Indonesian history and experience, as well as numerous music videos and skateboard films. “Let’s Get Lost” is his first published article as a scholar. He can be reached at: yngve007@umn.edu

For more information on Indonesian history please visit: http://www.sejarahsosial.org/

Reviews of several Indonesian (and other) films and interviews with directors and other important figures can be found at: http://www.jurnalfootage.net/v2/

Note: both sites are at least partly in Indonesian, but have a significant number of entries and articles in English.