The Beauty of Madani: Never-Ending Diversity

 Reconciliation is a matter of a civil road map; solidarity in an ongoing process of interpreting differences to foster an open, healthy, productive, and critical civil society. 


In history, the film has been called a motion picture (gambar hidup). It is a map to interpret differences life in the spirit of solidarity, which is genuinely felt as an audience sit together watching a movie and then discussing it. 


A film is a complex compound of the director’s statements and feelings, whether it describes the reality of a society, challenging it, becoming a catharsis, or playing with aspects of life and interpreting it in a variety of ways of storytelling. 


The films are shown at the Madani Film Festival become maps of various expressions in reading the world communities with regard to the challenges of civil society. It’s especially true today as Indonesia is entering the era of the industrial revolution 4.0, the era of “post-truth” and identity politics, when differences become black and white, creating a kind of public radicalism. The banal entertainment era is accompanied by mass politics in banal politics while everything is in the hands of citizens through smartphones. Citizens live in the euphoria of freedom, without a strong literate culture, strong democratic ethics, and strong private and public ethics. All differences become black and white, dominated by the radicalization of defenses and divisions.  


Through various films, the struggle to interpret differences as an axis of the beauty of civil society is a never-ending journey. It’s time now to celebrate civil society through films that read the dilemma to achieve it with diverse perspectives.


Warmest regards,


Garin Nugroho

Festival Board, Madani Film Festival