Standfirst: Isculture one of the last arenas of post-colonial expression? While theworld is embroiled in battles for territory, art imitates life, andthe film festival world is a conflict zone for the possession of worldcinema. Longtime festival watcher, Philip Cheah, watches the wheels goround and round.
STANDFIRST: Daniel Rudi Haryanto’s Prison and Paradise, about the 2002 Bali bombing tragedy, won Best Film at the Jogjakarta Documentary Film Festival last year and won the Directors Guild of Japan Prize at the Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival this year, had its international premiere at the Dubai Int’l Film Festival 2010 and has been traveling widely throughout Indonesia. Seven years in the making, the film has the distinction of having 14 hours of exclusive footage with the Bali bombers. Philip Cheah reports.