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Directed by: Garin Nugroho (Indonesia), Vilsoni Hereniko (USA) 2015 | 10 min.

Section: NETPAC 25th Anniversary

Premiere: World Premiere

Countries: United States

Languages: English

Genres: Drama, Experimental


A King has conquered all the provinces in the land except one, led by the invincible warrior Salesi. He knows Salesi loves beautiful dance, so the King orders his daughter to use her dancing skills to seduce his enemy and lure him back to the palace. His plan works, except the warrior and the princess fall madly in love. The princess becomes pregnant and sends an apology to her father. The King sends a reply: “Come home, and bring your husband with you. Let us all live together as one happy family!” .....

Adapted from a popular Indonesian folktale called “Mangir”, this film is produced by NETPAC/USA as a labor of love among artists and filmmakers from Indonesia and Hawai`i. Collaborating institutions and companies include the University of Hawai`i, Shangri-La, Fiji Airways, Island Film Group.

SALESI serves:
— to demonstrate creative collaboration between well known film artists from Asia and their talented colleagues from the Pacific and
— to showcase the talented dancers associated with University of Hawai'i Dance and Theatre department and
— to salute the decision by NETPAC to formally change its name from the "Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema" to the "Network for the Promotion of Asia Pacific Cinema".

This presentation is part of the Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema's (NETPAC) 25th Anniversary celebration and screening series. Co-Directors: Garin Nugroho and Vilsoni Hereniko as well as lead actors/dancers: Rianto, Malia Yamamoto, and Wailana Simcock will be in attendance.

Tickets for this event include a special post-screening reception hosted by Shangri La, a Center for Islamic Arts & Cultures, followed by Garin Nugroho's latest film THE HIJRA. This event is presented by the Honolulu Museum of Art. Tickets for the event are $25 GENERAL PUBLIC / $20 HONOLULU MUSEUM MEMBERS. Tickets for this event 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 THE HIJRA

Cast & Crew

Director Garin Nugroho (Indonesia), Vilsoni Hereniko (USA)
Producer Jeannette Paulson Hereniko, Kara Miller, Jala Adolphus, Ricardo S Galindez, Gerard Elmore, Carol Khewhok, Didi
Cast Rianto as the King, Wailana Simcock as Salesi, Malia Yamamoto as Prem Dancers: Philip Kapono Aiwohi-Kim
Cinematographer Anne Misawa
Editor George Wang
Music Takuma Itoh
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