The dancer is the winner of 2011 Indonesian film festival. It is about a love story between Srintil and Rasus who have loved each other their whole life. They both live in a poor village in central Java. Srintil is blessed with her magical dance moves. An elderly in their village believes that she is destined and is chosen by the village founder’s spirit (the protector of the village), to be a ronggeng (prime dancer). However, to become a full ronggeng, Srintil has to undergo a procession in which she has to sell her virginity to the highest bidder. Rasus is devastated to know that Srintil chooses to be a ronggeng. Broken hearted, Rasus leaves to become a soldier.
The film takes a set in 1960’s Indonesia with its social, cultural and political backgrounds. In one of critics written in Jakarta Globe (November 2011) stated that ‘the socio-cultural context embraced by the actors in the film were worthy of Shakespearean Tragedy’. In the movie, we can hear the actors speak in Javanese Banyumasan dialect, which mainly spoken by Javanese in Banyumas area, Central Java.
The Dancer is an adaptation of a trilogy novel by Ahmad Tohari tittled ‘Ronggeng Dukuh Paruk or Paruk Village’s Ronggeng’. The film was released in Indonesian cinema in 2011 where it was rated for mature audiences. It was directed by a young director, Ifa Isfansyah and was the Indonesia’s official entry at the 85th Academy Awards.
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