Thomas Barker

Travels and Travails: Cosmopolitan Muslims in Indonesian Cinema

What happens when Indonesian Muslim characters are placed in non-Muslim countries and must engage in struggles over their faith? A recent trend in Islamic feature films sees the main protagonist(s) travel overseas to a non-Muslim country. How the characters negotiate the cultural differences reveals clues as to the emerging identity and politics of the Muslim middle class.... Read More

Questioning Film Nasional

National cinema in Indonesia is called "film nasional", and commonly appears in commentary, scholarship, and discussions of film and the film industry. One of its ambitions is to be "tuan di rumah sendiri" or "master in one’s own house", meaning that Indonesian films should become prolific and popular enough to beat imported films at the box-office.... Read More
Thomas Barker

Thomas Barker

Assistant Professor of Film and Television in the University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus. Thomas has written for The Jakarta Post, Plaridel and Asian Cinema. He is currently researching the creative industries in four Malaysian cities.

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