Global Lens entry from Indonesia explores bond across generations

The Global Lens series of international films at Bates continues with The Photograph, by Indonesian director Nan Achnas, in 8 p.m. showings on Friday, Oct. 9, and Sunday, Oct. 11, in Room 105, Olin Arts Center, 75 Russell St.

Hosted by the Bates College Museum of Art, the series continues on Fridays and Sundays throughout the fall. Admission is $5. “The Photograph” (98 min.) is in Indonesian with English subtitles. For more information, please contact 207-786-6135 or this olinarts@bates.edu.

The annual series is produced by the Global Film Initiative to promote cross-cultural understanding by showing American audiences little-known, skillfully made independent films. The initiative believes that “a powerful, authentic narrative can foster trust and respect between disparate cultures and mitigate the social and psychological impact of cultural prejudice.”

The Photograph tells the story of a young prostitute, Sita. While trying to support her family, develop a career as a singer and avoid abuse from her pimp, Sita develops a relationship with an elderly photographer desperate to pass on his business before he dies.

The Photograph is Achnas’ fourth feature. She holds a master’s degree in film from the University of East Anglia, U.K. She is a highly regarded documentary filmmaker and her work has been screened at festivals around the world. She teaches film studies and directing at the Jakarta Institute of the Arts.

Learn more about The Photograph and the entire series.

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