Looking for some stuff to catch up on this weekend? Whether it's TV, movies, books, or anything in between—VICE has you covered. Read on for our staff recommendations on what to take in during your downtime:
WATCH INDONESIAN FILMS YOU PROBABLY HAVE NEVER SEEN
If you want to leave your house but have a low-key time, the alternative cinema in South Jakarta is the right place for you to spend your weekend. On Friday night, they will screen a compilation of documentaries on important literary figures in Indonesia, from Achdiat K. Mihardja, Kuntowijoyo, to Sapardi Djoko Damono. On Saturday, they're screening Amuk, a documentary about the combination of poetry and hip-hop in Aceh. On Sunday, they will screen Istirahatlah Kata-Kata (Solo, Solitude), which tells a story of a poet living under the Suharto regime. —Ardyan Erlangga
LEARN HOW TO BALANCE LIFE AND WORK WITH SINDIKASI
It’s not easy to find that balance between work and life. At some point, I had even accepted that perhaps work is life, and vice versa. Until one day the littlest things put me on edge and I broke down in tears, right at my desk. I remember thinking, Do I have to do this for the rest of my life? Clearly I was thinking out loud because people around me were laughing. Now I know better—my life doesn’t always have to be all about work. But for the longest time, I felt so lonely in my misery and didn’t know where to look for help.
But you might not have to go through all that. SINDIKASI, a labor union for creative and media workers, is throwing a two-day festival to accommodate our overworked-and-underpaid assess. At Festival Work Life Balance: Kerja Sehat Kerja Selamat, there will be talks on mental health, on working condition in the digital economy, the launch of the appropriate lactation room design, and also art performances and photography exhibition titled Reclaiming Sanity. I mean, you can spend your weekend partying or watching Oscar-nominated films and probably still hate Mondays or every single workday. Or you can spend your weekend working on that #work #life #balance and feel like a more empowered employee on Monday — Syarafina Vidyadhana
START A 5-WEEK OSCARS PREP
Who cares about nominations like Best Costume and Best Sound Mixing? Or worse, Best Short Documentary? Everybody knows that all that matters are the Big Five nominations—Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress and Best Screenplay (adapted and original). This year, there are 17 films competing for those five Oscars and honestly, I’ve seen like, one of them. Three times. Yes, I watched Get Out three times at the theater just because.
I’m trying to say I have a lot of catching up to do. I started Lady Bird last week but couldn’t go past the first minute without falling asleep. So I’m going to try again. I’m going to really try, even though I think Saoirse Ronan is boring to watch (I like Atonement but if her character wasn’t there I would have not noticed. That’s my hot take.) Anyways, say you haven’t seen any of those 17 films. You have five weeks before the 2018 Oscars. Assuming you don’t have time during the week, you need to watch an average of three to four films from the list every weekend to prepare for the movie buffs on Twitter who’s going to flood your feed on March 4, and all the thinkpieces that are going to come after. Get your microwave popcorn ready! —Alia Marsha
CHILL OUT ON A ROOFTOP AT 'SUNDAY ENROUTE'
When the independent art collective Konsumma started Sunday Enroute in 2017, the message was clear: it's all about the universal language of music. This Sunday, you're invited to watch the sunset with local musicians carefully selected by the collective at Hause Rooftop. The theme of the evening will be "Eden Garden", and trust me, it's going to be a good time.— Dini Lestari