In a country firm in its traditions, values and beliefs, social pressure to adhere to the norm can be overwhelming. Whether because of religion, gender or marital status, those left on the cultural fringe in Indonesia face discrimination, or worse, violence.
For Jakarta’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community, efforts to raise awareness are countered with a need to fly under the radar. Some advocate for legislative and government reform, while others turn to creative media to express themselves. Some seek attention while others prefer to remain underground.
One of those making waves both domestically and internationally is director Paul Agusta, who just returned from the Feb. 1 world premiere of his film “Parts of the Heart” at the International Film Festival Rotterdam in the Netherlands. Continue reading