Posted by: mel | January 9, 2012

Guess what?: Lola to make film on Indonesian Chinese

The Jakarta Post | Mon, 01/09/2012 8:47 PM

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JAKARTA: Actor-turned-director Lola Amaria is working on a film titled Hua Qiao, which tells the story of an Indonesian-born Chinese who repatriates to China following the 1959 presidential decree that forbade foreigners and their descendants from running small-and medium-sized businesses in rural areas.

The regulation had a major political, economic and social impact, resulting in racially motivated riots in the country and the exodus of Indonesian-born Chinese.

In her research for the film, Lola spoke to several Chinese Indonesian families in Central, East and West Java and West Kalimantan starting in June 2011. She also tracked down people who fled Indonesia for Shenzhen, Guangzhou and Wuhan, China.

Lola explained that she was still in the early stages of production but hopes she can start shooting by November of this year.

“I think this is an interesting theme for a movie as it contains a historic story about Indonesia,” she said.

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