[Daily article] January 3: Mereka Bilang, Saya Monyet!

Mereka Bilang, Saya Monyet! (released internationally as They Say I’m a
Monkey!) is a 2008 Indonesian film directed by Djenar Maesa Ayu.
Starring Titi Rajo Bintang, Henidar Amroe, and Ray Sahetapi, it tells
the life story of Adjeng, who was sexually abused as a child by her
mother’s boyfriend. Filmed over 18 days after several years of
development, the film adapted two of Ayu’s short stories from her debut
anthology of the same name. Owing to its low budget of Rp 620 million,
its cast and crew were mostly amateurs and students, although several
established actors appeared at reduced rates. Mereka Bilang, Saya
Monyet! has been described as “anti-Sjuman” because of the disparity
between Ayu’s more personal directing style and the social realism of
her father, Sjumandjaja. Although commercially unsuccessful, the film
was well received by critics. It won five national-level awards and was
screened at several international film festivals. Two Indonesian
publications, Tempo and The Jakarta Post, selected it as among the best
films of 2008.

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Today’s selected anniversaries:


The first issue of Berlingske, Denmark’s oldest continually
operating newspaper, was published.


Joseph Jenkins Roberts began his term as the first President of


A 7.7 Mw earthquake destroyed the city of Almaty in Russian


Canadian-American jockey George Woolf, who rode Seabiscuit to a
famous victory over War Admiral in 1938, was fatally injured when he
fell from his horse during a race.


The Motorola StarTAC, the first clamshell mobile phone, was
released and went on to become one of the first mobile phones to gain
widespread consumer adoption.

Wiktionary’s word of the day:

1. An afternoon spent crafting.
2. An afternoon gathering dedicated to crafts, or other hobby activities.

Wikiquote quote of the day:

  The world is indeed full of peril, and in it there are many dark
places; but still there is much that is fair, and though in all lands
love is now mingled with grief, it grows perhaps the greater.  
–The Fellowship of the Ring

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