Sindhi Identity and Indonesian Film and Television Industry

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Date(s) - 25/10/2018
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

The Gallery, Sir Louis Matheson Library, Monash Clayton Campus

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Dr Maria Myutel, ANU  and

Ms Evi Eliyanah, State University of Malang

The Indonesian film and television production industry is much more culturally and ethnically diverse than the official ethnonationalistic historiography might suggest. Since the late 1950s a tiny community of Indonesian Indians (Sindhis) has been one of the major financial and creative drivers of the Indonesian media production.

Along with the textile trade, media business became a definitive feature of the Sindhi community in Indonesia. Through film and later television production, Indonesian Sindhis have continued to reproduce themselves as a network of global traders, characterised by translocality and mobility (Falzon 2004:240).

I argue that “Sindhiness” had a direct impact on the development of the national film and television industry. The intensive mobilisation of the Sindhi ethnic and kinship networks during the production process played an important role in making Indonesian media products a significant part of the regional and global markets.

Thursday 25 October, 4.00pm-6.00pm

Matheson Library, Monash Clayton campus