Shifting through a manifesto book about #metoo movement all over
the world—sitting side by side with me, the woman who was narrated
by The New York Times as “Indonesia’s most talented new
filmmaker—without a doubt,” started searching her thoughts. “What I want through my work is to visually decode the denials and sadness
behind the smiles of wives who say they accept being one of a crowd—just another version but not the only one.” She spoke of the packed
screenings of “Love For Share” (“Berbagi Suami”)—her 2006 poignant movie on polygamy at Cannes that attracted the attention of The New York Times: “An authenticity bred of experience,” wrote Jane Perlez under “Cinéma Vérité: Portrait of Indonesian Polygamy”.
She has an artist’s eye for detail, for story and thought-provoking
tales, which makes her memorable as the young generation’s premier
idea of what an outspoken, passionate young filmmaker can do.
Warm, wise, and avoiding the indulgence of an accomplishment too
long, she stated winning the Eisenhower Fellowship in 2008 and
chosen to be the Young Global Leader (YGL) by YGL Forum (Davos,
Switzerland) in 2009 is a token towards taking action, “To voice an
opinion instead of driving division.”
She was and has always been consciously choosing the life of
indescribable, incredible adventure not as her peers see, but as she
sees the reality per se. Everything she does is the extension of her
unconquerable soul shaped by what she sees and experiences
everyday. Acutely aware that access to information about Human
Rights is still inadequate in Indonesia, Nia Dinata determines on
cultivating change in the country by constantly writes various column about Corrupted Culture, Women, LGBTIQ and Social Injustice issues published by major national newspapers. With wide-ranging fervor from working with woman icons from all around the world to workshop-conducting, her ambitions and accomplishments are translated into Kalyana Shira Foundation where she conducts Master Class: PROJECT CHANGE!, a bi-annual Film Workshop fostering filmmakers—new, young and talented ones such as Lucky Kuswandi, Yosep Anggi Noen and Sammaria Simanjuntak.