Self-identity is never a sure thing in Edwin’s short films. It is absolutely relative and rewritten perpetually through every social interaction. This is important when one considers that throughout Suharto's Orde Baru, whose political imagination is still felt to this very day, many films tried to internalize the idea of what and who is an 'Indonesian' according to the ruling class’s interests.
Wiji Thukul is not Indonesia’s greatest poet. He is certainly not the only casualty of the New Order government. But he is one of the most important stories in the history of Suharto’s bloody regime. For many, he defines what Reformation era is all about. Through absence and language, Solo, Solitude beautifully captures the essence of Thukul.
The period of 1999 to 2004 was a golden period for Indonesian short films. The growth of myriad film communities and cine-clubs, ignited by technological breakthroughs and social upheavals, helped spur the spirit of Indonesian short films. And the Indonesian films in general.