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The Davidson Film Club Presents the Indonesian film, “Before, Now & Then”

by | May 23, 2023

The Davidson Film Club is pleased to invite you to a screening and discussion of the critically acclaimed Indonesian film, Before, Now & Then, on Saturday, May 27, at 7:00 p.m. in the Armour Street Theatre.

Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer (Critics Opinion): 100%!

 Directed by Kamila Andini

Indonesia (2022,1h43)

In Indonesian with English subtitles

Discussion of the film will be led by Dr. Dáša Mortensen, Assistant Professor of History at Davidson College, specialist in East Asian history, gender, and sexuality.

Masks will be available at the door.

 Walk-ins are welcome, $9 at the door, cash or check (no credit cards). Walk-ins must apply for a seat in advance at [email protected]. Walk-in seats are limited by availability.

 Refreshments (red and white wine, bottled water, and snacks) will be made available by the Film Club.

Film Summary:

The late 1960s Indonesia. Nana, a gentle, beautiful young Sundanese woman, escapes a violent anti-communist purge in West Java but loses a father, husband, and son to the war. Poverty-stricken, she marries again and begins a new life. But the past lives on in her dreams. Her new husband is wealthy and kind, but her place in the home is menial, and he is unfaithful. Nana suffers in silence until the day she meets Ino, one of her husband’s mistresses, and everything changes. Ino is someone she can trust, someone who offers her comfort and to whom she can confide her secrets, past and present. Together, the two women find the hope of new freedom, of independence.

 Nominated for the Golden Berlin Bear for Best Film and Golden Hugo for Best Film at Chicago International Film Festival. Winner of Silver Berlin Bear for Best Supporting Performance, Jury Award at Brussels IFF and Best Film at both Festival Film Indonesia and Asia Pacific Screen Awards, as well as nominations for Best Film and other awards at film festivals around the world (12 wins and 32 nominations in all).

 “[This film] is an intoxicating work that holds the viewer in a tight, loving embrace that won’t let go.” Leslie Felerin, Hollywood Reporter

 “It’s a handsomely mounted period piece, which acknowledges the strength required by previous generations of Indonesian women to rise above the patriarchal demands of a restrictive society.” Wendy Ide, Screen International

“It’s all too rare still to see deep female relationships represented on screen without a familial or romantic quality. With Before, Now & Then, we’re granted this look at how fulfilling deep female friendship can be and just how necessary they are to allow women to grow. It’s a gorgeous film and one that is highly rewarding to watch.” Jean Henegan, Pop Culture Maniacs

 “Aesthetic flourishes elevate this film from standard festival fare to the intoxicating sensory experience it is.” Michael Nordine, Variety

 “Writer/director Kamila Andini adapts Ahda Imran’s biographical novel Jais Darga Namaku into a stirring vignette of a woman’s crossroaded, multifaceted existence as a survivor, mother, wife and businesswoman.” Jacob Oller, Paste Magazine

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Hope that many of you will be at the May 27 screening of this beautiful and thought-provoking film!


Alan Singerman
President, Davidson Film Club
[email protected]
(704) 231-6736



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