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You Need to Watch a New Indonesian Film About Love and Loss This Weekend

'Sekala Niskala' is a film festival darling that will bring you to tears.

by VICE Staff
09 March 2018, 11:00am

Illustrations by Dini Lestari

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:

CATCH A 1995 FEMINIST CLASSIC 'ANTONIA'S LINE' WITH SINEMA FEMINIS

Both the Academy Awards and the International Women’s Day are still fresh on everybody’s mind—and this weekend, Sinema Femis is celebrating both. On Sunday, the cinema collective is showing Antonia’s Line, directed by Marleen Gorris, the first movie directed by a woman to have won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film. The film starts at 6 PM at Kenobi Space, followed by a discussion on the intersection between feminism and film. —Rizky Rahadianto

KICK IT AT A RISING JAKARTA RAPPER'S ALBUM RELEASE PARTY

Laze is a budding rapper from ONAR—the hip hop collective that came together when a group of students at Institute of Technology Bandung (ITB) realized they shared the same love and vision for music. This Saturday, Laze is ready to shine on his own when he drops his solo album, Waktu Bicara, at Queen’s Head Kemang, South Jakarta. Everybody’s invited—his friends, family, and his 9,000 Instagram followers. Catch his performance along with other artists. —Yudistira Dillanzia

BINGE WATCH A THRILLER SERIES ABOUT THE OTHER SIDE 'COUNTERPARTS'

Sometimes I wonder if a parallel universe really does exist, and if that version of myself is doing much better than I am. Meanwhile, J.K. Simmon’s character in Counterpart is definitely struggling with his “other” self. In the newish thriller TV series, Simmons plays Howard Silk, an average man who has been working at a government agency for 30 years without really knowing what the agency really does. Eventually, he’s told that the agency is responsible for the portal that connects their world to an alternate world, a copy of Silk’s reality that was created by East German scientists in the 1980s. I haven’t shut up about Counterpart since I started it—it’s a little like Westworld, sans the existential bullshit. And Simmon’s acting here is purely unparalleled. So. Good. —Alia Marsha

LEARN ABOUT LOVE AND LOSS FROM NEW INDONESIAN FILM 'SEKALA NISKALA'

Sekala Niskala is an Indonesian film about a young girl who is doing all she can to cope with the slow death of her twin brother. It's a gut wrenching film that weaves in reality and imagination so beautifully—it's on you to decide which is which. The film, which was directed by Kamila Andini, was set and shot in Bali, featuring all Balinese actors speaking Bahasa Bali. I thought it's one of those films screened only at festivals, but it’s going to be screened at theaters nationwide starting this weekend. Get your tickets now before the film's replaced by another boring Hollywood blockbuster! —Ananda Badudu

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