Screening of the documentary film Children of Srikandi
CHILDREN OF SRIKANDI is the first film about queer women in Indonesia, the country with the world´s largest Muslim population. Eight authentic and poetic stories are interwoven with beautiful shadow theater scenes that tell the story of Srikandi, one of the characters of the Indian Mahabharata. This collective anthology transcends the borders between documentary, fiction and experimental film.
CHILDREN OF SRIKANDI started with a workshop which lead to a collaborative film project reflecting the directors’ lived experiences as queer women in Indonesia and at the same time provides them with the means for filmic self-representation. Over a period of two years and under the guidance of filmmakers Angelika Levi and Laura Coppens, the filmmaking became a truly collective act.
Angelika Levi was born in 1961 in Bonn/ Bad Godesberg. She studied 1986-1992 at the German Film and Television Academy in Berlin (dffb). From 1985 her work has been shown in international film festivals, galeries and cinemas. Her short film FAUST AUFS AUGE (1988, co-directed with Antje Schäfer) won the No Budget Video Prize Hamburg, and DESIREE & POLYLEPIS (1994) was rated “high quality” by the German Film Classification Board in Wiesbaden. MY LIFE PART 2, her first full-length documentary, won several awards and had its premiere at the Forum/International Berlin Film Festival 2003. Her latest film is Absent Present (2006-2010). In addition to making her own films she works as a screenwriter, dramatic adviser and filmeditor.