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Featured Filmmaker: Kiki Febriyanti

Kiki Febriyanti is a freelance videomaker from Jakarta, Indonesia. Kiki sees her role as a storyteller whose job is to make the story known to a wider section of people.

Name: Kiki Febriyanti

Age: 26
Location: Jakarta

About: Kiki Febriyanti is a freelance videomaker. Her most recent video 'Yup, It's My Body' is about the body image issues faced by young women. It's an official selection at the IAWRT 8th Asian Women's Film Festival 2012 in New Delhi, India. During her travels, Kiki regularly interviews other female filmmakers and she's planning to make a feature film on the topic.


In their words:

EngageMedia (EM): Why do you use video? Tell us about the moment you first realised you wanted to be a videomaker.

Kiki Febriyanti (KF): The term “filmmaker” does not just refer to the director but includes all the rest of the crew who take part in the making of a film. I see my role as a story-teller whose job it is to make sure more people hear about a story. In ‘Yup, It’s My Body’, the characters already had their own stories.

EM: How did you come to video as a medium? Why do you work with the moving image?

KF: Initially, I was just a video spectator and connoisseur. Before I learnt audio-visual techniques I did a lot with print media. I switched because with video I was able to convey something more easily and widely – especially in our society who prefer to watch and hear rather than read. In my opinion, video is practical and effective.

EM: What are the main issues you address in your video work?

KF: I like to make videos about topics that are close to my daily life – about things that happen to me and to those around me. I’m especially interested in gender issues and human rights.

EM: How did you come to work with body image issues in ‘Yup, It’s My Body? Was it a process or did you just decide one day that you wanted to make the film?

KF: Although the topics I addressed in the film are close to my life, I still went through various processes to be sure that I wanted to raise these particular issues. I also had to convince the subject to be comfortable with this process. It’s important to trust and feel comfortable when you are making a film about someone’s private life.

EM: Many of your videos emphasise human rights and freedom of expression. Tell us more about that?

KF: Sometimes we feel troubled or uneasy with situations … I realise it is impossible to change a situation alone, it may also take a long time. The changes that I want may only happen once I’m dead! But through the medium of film, I feel like I am able to “embrace” other people, and bring people together to make changes both big and small.

EM: How do you think online distribution is changing the field of independent video making? How do you use online tools in your work?

KF: Distribution seems to be a major problem for the independent filmmaker. We often face difficulties in distributing our films. Online distribution is very helpful because it is relatively cheap and easy. Nowadays, I always use this method for distributing my films.


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