Saturday, 19 May 2018

Glassy Hour

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Earlier this month was the time for Europe on Screen, which is a great opportunity to catch tons of European films at various venues in a selection of Indonesian cities, including, of course, Jakarta. I was so excited to check out as many screenings as I could—and it was for free too! However, in the end I only managed to catch two documentaries, Yohji Yamamoto: The Dressmaker and De kinderen van juf Kiet. The previous is a one-hour story of a Japanese fashion designer through his eyes—and those around him. It really made me understand his mindset and history, especially in terms of fashion design. It really feels quintessentially Japanese. The latter is a 2-hour story of a teacher's class in primary school, which is filled with migrant children—some of them from war zones, i.e. Syria—set in a small town in Holland. I love that it's completely focused on the children, showing the funny and adorable way they interact with one another. Such a fresh portrayal of refugee children!

Sis's top (borrowed) // drsv batik pants // thrifted loafers // photos by my sis

The last screening my sister and I caught—which is the Dutch documentary—was held at Goethehaus in Menteng. This place is a German language institute where I also once learnt German. It feels so good to be back! However, the place has a small parking lot and by the time we got there it was full already, so we decided to park at Menteng Park—and take a 10-minute walk back to the institute. The area was such a pleasant place, that walking from one spot to another isn't such a bother. There were also a lot of places to eat nearby, so we just kept walking for the rest of the day. After lunch, it was already around golden hour, which gave the park a very cozy feel—if it wasn't for the plethora of people taking photos all over the park. It's an epidemic, I'm telling you. Well, can I really complain, when I'm basically part of the problem?

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