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“Merging together classic genre tropes with elements of his country’s history and culture, Anwar has created an uncommonly effective film that is smart and provocative in addition to being all kinds of creepy.”  RogerEbert.com


Released to unanimously glowing reviewsImpetigore is the latest feature from award-winning director Joko Anwar, one of Indonesia’s most prolific filmmakers. The horror story follows Maya, a down-on-her-luck young woman who learns that she may inherit a house in her ancestral village in Central Java. But when Maya returns to the village of her birth with her loyal best friend, Dini, she’s unaware that the community has been trying to locate and kill her to remove the curse that has plagued the village for years. As she begins to discover the complicated reality about her past, Maya finds herself in a fight for her life. The film opened at the top of Indonesia’s box office and is the country’s national selection for Oscar consideration for Best International Feature Film.


Join us for a screening of Impetigore along with a wide-ranging conversation with director Joko Anwar, producer Shanty Harmayn, actress Christine Hakim, and Rachel Cooper, director of the Culture as Diplomacy Initiative at Asia Society.


This program is presented by Asia Society Museum and Asia Society Southern California as part of a new series titled Asia Society at the MoviesAsia Society at the Movies showcases a broad range of films and filmmakers from across Asia and the Asian diaspora.