Setyo and Siti live a peaceful life as husband and wife, selling earthenware in their village. But when Setyo is called away on business, a flirtatious butcher, Ludiro, takes advantage of Siti’s loneliness to seduce her. Tempted by song and dance, Siti initially refuses his advances but acquiesces in a moment of weakness, setting the stage for an epic battle between the two men.

Located in lush forests and on pristine beaches of Java, director Garin Nugroho bases his deeply imagistic and dazzling visual narrative on the The Abduction of Sita, from the Hindu epic, The Ramayana.

“A beautifully mounted musical epic combining traditional myths with contempo meditations on violence and social inequality, ‘Opera Jawa’ is bold and innovative… Choreography is often mesmerizing, especially when set within the precincts of a gorgeous seaside palace rising above the flat landscape.”

“Superbly conceived and performed, it’s like nothing you’ve ever seen or heard.”
-London Film Festival

‘Opera Jawa’ is an official selection of the prestigious, award-winning Global Lens Collection presented by the Global Film Initiative. In Indonesian with English subtitles.

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