Reel Thursday: Kucumbu Tubuh Indahku (Memories of My Body), 2018

Winner of UNESCO’s Cultural Diversity Award at the 2018 Asia Pacific Screen Awards, Indonesian auteur Garin Nugroho’s Kucumbu Tubuh Indahku (Memories of My Body) dances through gender stereotypes, societal oppression and his homeland’s recent political history.

Java, 1980. Abandoned as a boy, Juno finds a new life with a traditional Lengger dance company, warming to its graceful movements while embracing its complicated approach to masculinity. In the group’s performances, male dancers take on female roles, opening Juno’s eyes to the fluidity of gender, sexuality and sensuality – and the struggle that can stem from being different, including within himself.

Lauded as a poetic ode to the human body by The Jakarta Post, the film is organised in conjunction with the exhibition, Pinaree Sanpitak: Fragmented Bodies: The Personal and The Public. Please note that this film is suitable for audience ages 21 and above. Viewer discretion is advised.