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Making Movies With a Message

9 April 2011

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Making Movies With a Message

Be it Mel Gibson’s “The Passion of the Christ” or “Monty Python’s Life of Brian,” any film that takes on the subject of religion is bound to stir controversy.

Filmmaker Hanung Bramantyo’s latest film, the enigmatically titled “?,” is a study of the role and state of Islam in modern Indonesian society.

Released on Thursday, the film was stirring up heated debate and protests long before it ever reached a projection room or darkened theater.

But for Hanung, a director known for exploring religion’s role in modern society in his movies, all this hubbub is old hat.

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via The Jakarta Globe

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