NETPAC Section

Director: Yuda Kurniawan
Year: 2017
Duration: 118′
Language: Original Version / Spanish subtitles
Genre: Drama


Cinema Lovers Community (CLC) Purbalingga, established by Bowo Leksono in 2006, has so far generated a number of young filmmakers with a lot of national-level achievements. Moreover, CLC Purbalingga has been consistently and independently holding the Purbalingga Film Festival, presenting a “Celebration” of Film Festival amidst society, holding the open-air cinema in many villages in Banyumas. Purbalingga is so far away from the luxurious, cutting-edge theaters and the frenetic film industry of the Capital; yet, there is where the zest to present the best for Indonesian cinema keeps alive and propagating. This is a documentary about their passion, militancy, and simplicity – the Ballads of Cinema Lovers.

Director’s Biography

Yuda Kurniawan was born in Ruteng, Manggarai, a cool-weathered small town on the slope of Madosawu Mountains, Flores Barat, Indonesia. He received his bachelor degree on Communication Sciences from Muhammadiyah University, Yogyakarta. He frequently made documentaries on Environmental, Politic, Social, Cultural, Educational, and Human Right issues in various regions across Indonesia. In 2012, he established Rekam Docs, a group of documentary filmmakers and enthusiasts. In 2016, he is going around many parts of the country, screening Jalan Dakwah Pesantren, his documentary short. Balada Bala Sinema is his most recent documentary feature, released in 2017. Now he is currently finishing his latest length feature documentary Nyanyian Akar Rumput will released in 2019.

Festivals and Awards

11th Purbalingga Film Festival (2017) | Official Selection, Indonesian Premiere
37th Indonesian Film Festival (2017) | Best documentary feature nominee
28th Singapore International Film Festival (2017) | Official Selection
12th Jogja NETPAC Asian Film Festival (2017) | Official Selection
16th Yogyakarta Documentary Film Festival (2017) | Official Selection
2nd Solo Documentary Film Festival (2017) | Official Selection


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