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Directed by: Garin Nugroho 2015 | 161 min.

Section: NETPAC 25th Anniversary

Premiere: United States Premiere

Countries: Indonesia

Languages: Indonesian, with English subtitles

Genres: Drama, History, Period piece


The latest film from celebrated Indonesian director Garin Nugroho, GURU BANGSA TJOKROAMINOTO tells the history of one of Indonesia’s great nationalists and one of the founders of Sarekat Islam, a union and political power that spawned Indonesia’s biggest political leaders in the 20th century.

The film begins at the end of the 19th century, when the Dutch East Indies entered a new phase as the political elite gained more influence, and the chasm grew, as poverty becomes even more widespread, especially among the indigenous population. Tjokroaminoto was born in a noble Javanese family, living a privileged life of high education and reverence for Islam. However, he abandoned his station in life, witnessing the injustices against his people from the elite and colonial regime. The founding of Sarekat Dagang Islam (Islamic trade unions) became the rallying call for revolution and change. As the elder statesman of Indonesian cinema, it would seem that it was Nugroho’s destiny to direct this film.

This presentation is part of the NETPAC (Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema) 25th anniversary film series and celebration. Director Garin Nugroho will be in attendance.
— Anderson Le

Tickets for this event include the World Premiere of SALESI and a special pre-screening reception hosted by Shangri La, a Center for Islamic Arts & Cultures. This event is presented by the Honolulu Museum of Art. Tickets for the event will be $25 GENERAL PUBLIC / $20 HONOLULU MUSEUM MEMBERS. Tickets must be purchased through the Museum, and may be purchased at By clicking on the ticket link below, you will be redirected to the Doris Duke Theatre's purchase page.


Friday, November 20 5:30 PM Doris Duke Theatre Date Passed
Plays with:  THE HIJRA preceded by SALESI and Shangri La Reception SALESI

Cast & Crew

Director Garin Nugroho
Producer Sabrang Mowo Damar Panuluh, Christine Hakim, Didi Petet, Dewi Umaya Rachman, Ari Syarif, Nayaka Untara
Cast Putri Ayudya, Tanta Ginting, Christine Hakim, Chelsea Islan, Ibnu Jamil, Alex Komang, Deva Mahenra, Reza Rahadian
Writer Erik Supit, Ari Syarif
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