Screenings in Indonesia

22nd November. This page is under construction, sorry for all the mess. The screening information is correct.

In one of the most exposed and important countries in the issue of climate change, Indonesians showed impressive support for the film at the national première in October 2009. Indonesia have a big role to play and it is encouraging to see so much interest in and support for the film. Indonesia contains some of the worlds most significant and vulnerable rainforest reserves and as such is of particular importance in the issue of managing climate change.

This past Saturday, the GCCA Indonesia (GP, WWF and Oxfam), in cooperation with ITDP (Institute for Transport Development Policy) and Green Radio finally held the long awaited Premiere screening of the Age of Stupid. In order to reduce our carbon footprint and reminiscent of old fashioned open air screenings, back in the day a popular Indonesian past time, it was an open air screening at the Proclamation Monument, in Central Jakarta. The Jakarta rainy season usually hits off in November so we felt comfortable enough to give this a go. Just to be on the safe side, in line with another good Indonesian tradition, we had consulted a so-called rain tamer. Besides, it was a beautiful day, by late afternoon there was not a cloud in the sky. All our worries of rain were gone... Besides the screening there were various side activities. ITDP had donated 3 folding bicycles to us, produced by students from the University of Indonesia, two of which we would auction and one of which we would give away as doorprice. We had prepared questionnaires about the film, which we distributed to the audience. All participants filling in and returning the questionnaire to us had the chance of winning the doorprice. All throughout the program, quiz questions on climate change and energy efficiency were shot at the audience, who could win goodie bags with merchandise and materials from participant organisations. The day started at 2 pm with a Green Bazar, where a wide variety of environmental groups and communities, with animal rights, green schools, recylced paper products, comics and organic food, sold and promoted their products and activities. Greenpeace and WWF also had fundraising stands at the location. The Depok Orchestra made up of young buskers, played at 4 o'clock, followed by a (rather long) speech by a representative of the city council's environmental dept. On the Green Carpet we had artists and celebrities who arrived on bicylcles, escorted by a group of cyclists, made up of volunteers and members of the Bike 2 Work community. MCs Malika and ZAki from Green Radio did a fantastic job keeping the audience entertained and adapting at all last minute changes in the schedule. After 5pm, 3 prominent speakers with interesting perspectives on climate change from their respective angles (science, grassroots and cinema) held a discussion which was well attended from start to finish. Acapella band Jamaice Cafe played for the next 30 minutes drawing lots of people to the stage, many of whom were dancing. Before the screening at 7 the MCs and Rully from Oxfam gave an introduction to the film and the GCCA. At this point, around 700 people had assembled in front of the screen. Not only was the number impressive and did the audience, as we had aimed for, consist of all walks of life, once the movie started people were nailed to their chairs or the floor.... While the Age of Stupid was still highlighting global inequality and the 'resource curse', a chilling wind started to blow over the venue. We started frantically discussing what to do in case it started to rain, when sounds of thunder roared from afar, and 5 minutes later it started to pour. We are not talking drizzle, this was a full on shower, with thunder, lightning, the works. Equipment had to be turned off immediately and carried away. Viewers ran away looking for shelter and those seated were stuck under a tent roof for the next half hour. I don't need to explain our disappointment. Only halfway through the film, no bicycle auction, no doorprice and everyone soaking wet. The rain tamer failed.. It must be hard being a rain tamer in times of unpredictable weather conditions... Obviously, rain halfway through the movie was one of the worst things that could've happened, but I am happy to say that we were all in good spirits. The event was overall a huge success. The atmosphere was good. Many people came and were enthusiastic. Not even a rain tamer could have predicted what was waiting for us at a quarter to eight pm...

On September 21st / 22nd, on the eve of the UN General Assembly's climate session, The Age of Stupid was launched internationally at the biggest and greenest live film event the world has ever seen. A-list celebrities walked the green carpet to an eco cinema tent in downtown New York, linked by satellite to 700 cinemas in 50+ countries. Take a look at the photos below from the events around the world and see the Global Premiere page for the full report.

The Age of Stupid DVD double-disc extravaganza, in 31 languages and with more than six hours of Extras is now available to pre-order here. From October 5th anyone anywhere can buy a license to screen The Age of Stupid in their school/pub/church/multinational oil corporation. First screening date: October 24th (=international day of climate action). More info from the Indie Screenings website or join the mailing list for a reminder when booking opens.

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