Led by Sahabat Seni Nusantara in Jakarta (ID) and Flatpack Projects in Birmingham (UK), "Urban Legends" will explore the stories that shape our cities, creating a platform for sharing of film and discussion with communities in the UK and Indonesia.
Aquino Hayunta, human rights and arts activist, previously involved in Koalisi Seni Indonesia and Jakarta Arts Council; co-founder of Pamflet Generasi, Jakarta Feminist Association, Indonesian Literacy Collective and Inspectus
Ekky Imanjaya is a journalist and film critic, and lectures on Binus University's Film Studies programme. He is the author of “Looking for Madani Films: Cinema and the Islamic World”, and a PhD on Indonesian exploitation cinema from University of East Anglia (2018)
Hikmat Darmawan works mainly as a critic and curator in the field of popular culture with specialties in comics, movies, and literature. In 2010, he received a grant in Asian Public Intellectuals Fellowship Program for a journalistic research on the globalization of manga subculture in Japan, Thailand and Indonesia. Currently member of film committee and deputy in Jakarta Arts Council.
Sugar Nadia is a film programmer and arts manager. Formerly manager of Kineforum, she is now festival director of Plaza Indonesia Film Festival and Madani Film Festival.
Adam Pushkin is a freelance arts producer, programmer and consultant specialising in international collaboration. He has worked in the arts for 20 years, managing festivals and a dance theatre in the UK, and leading the British Council’s arts programmes in India (2009-13) and Indonesia (2015-19).
Feby Indirani is an author and journalist who has written on a wide range of subjects, including extensively about women and gender in Islam. Her ongoing project "Relax, It’s Just Religion” encourages understanding through humour.
Saima Razzaq is a community activist from Birmingham and the first Queer Muslim womxn to lead a pride event in the U.K. She is chair of SEEDS (Supporting the Education of Equality and Diversity in Schools), a campaigning group that was formed in light of anti-LGBTQI protests outside schools in Birmingham. Saima is also the founder of Birmingham’s only floating hotel, Boatel Birmingham.
Ian Francis is the founding director of Flatpack Projects, and has twenty years experience of programming and delivering film events. He has written a book on late 60s Birmingham, and pieces for publications including Sight & Sound and Little White Lies.
Amy Smart is a film programmer and community arts manager with over 7 years experience programming films for a number of independent cinemas and festivals in the Midlands. Amy is now Head of Partnerships at Flatpack Projects, specialising in developing film exhibition in underserved areas.
Sam Groves is a curator and project manager with particular expertise in live cinema, shorts and family film. As Head of Programme at Flatpack Projects, he leads on the annual Flatpack Festival, new commissions and the Colour Box childrens programme.