Indonesia’s Picture Perfect Director
Like many of us, filmmaker Garin Nugroho recently returned to his hometown for Idul Fitri to rejuvenate after a year of hard work.
Last month, Garin released an illustrated autobiography in collaboration with the Djarum Foundation to celebrate 30 years of filmmaking.
Browsing through the 300-page, self-titled book with its beautiful examples of Garinâ€™s cinematography, theater productions and art installations, it is clear that the filmmaker is entitled to a well-earned rest.
â€œIdul Fitri is a moment to return to oneâ€™s roots and realize oneâ€™s true self,â€ Garin said in a telephone interview, a week before the holiday.
Through the long-distance connection from his family home in Yogyakarta, quacking ducks and clucking chickens could be heard as the renowned filmmaker shared stories about his childhood, his late parents and the â€œmaestrosâ€ who inspired him to follow his passion.