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Film review: Bitter Honey

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Robert Lemelson’s latest documentary film takes his audience inside the lives of the women, men and children living in polygamous families in Bali

Article Type: Reviews
Regions: Bali
Arts: FilmCinema
Law: Adat
Society: Gender
Religion: Hinduism

Film review: Daniel Ziv’s acclaimed 'Jalanan'

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A film that takes the viewer deep into the lives of three people living on Jakarta's margins

Article Type: Reviews
Regions: Java
Politics: Local Politics
Arts: FilmCinema
Society: Marginalised Groups Urban Indonesia
Economy: Poverty

Fifteen years of Sinetron Religi

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The religious influence of prime-time television in Indonesia

Article Type: Editorial
Arts: Television
Religion: Islam

An agrarian reform agenda for Jokowi

Community members in Central Kalimantan attempt to prevent the planting of palm oil on land they claim as their own - Save Our Borneo

Jokowi must accommodate customary rights lest his development agenda spur land conflicts

The case of Gregorius Rato

Gregorius Rato - Irfan Kortschak

The criminalisation of a whistleblower shows how corruption can entangle even participatory development programs

Back with a vengeance

Indonesian migrant workers hone their activist sensibilities at a protest in Hong Kong - istolethetv at

Former migrant workers are finding new empowerment in the bureaucratic jungle of legal aid

KITLV Reading Room gone, collection remains

The Reading Room enabled interactions between scholars - Andy Fuller

The Institute will continue to operate without its famous reading room

Article Type: Editorial
Arts: Literature
Society: Language

The paradox of virtual youth politics

A user-generated computer game developed by Jokowi’s team asks supporters to join Jokowi-Jusuf Kalla on impromptu visits - Generasi Optimis

Social media promotes political engagement among youth, but at the expense of accurate information and real-world political effects

Article Type: Editorial
Politics: Politics Elections Social Movements
Society: Youth Culture

Faultlines and fractures

A broken community

HIV/AIDS is spreading rapidly because of the profound inequalities that afflict Papua

Article Type: Editorial Photo-Essay
Regions: Papua
Society: Health
Economy: Inequality