Sudewo, 54, has been a projectionist for 29 years, since the Keong Emas IMAX Theater was still under preparation. Established in 1984, Keong Emas was the largest theater in Southeast Asia in the 1980s with its 840 seats. During those years, Keong Emas was the darling and pride of Jakartans.
Lab Laba Laba eschew digital technology. They work only with 8mm, 16mm, and 35mm film. Their practice, as it remains militantly dedicated to the filmic strip, reveals the difficulties and complexities of the manner and means in which cinematic technology is instrumentalised for political purposes.
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.