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Selected documentaries related to "multiculturalism" produced by Japanese broadcasters/Southeast Asian filmmakers.


The Crescent in Dragon Village


20 min. Community Ethnicity Religion Indonesia
© TV & Film Laboratory of Communication Department, Universitas Islam Indonesia
This video is not available from Dec. 27, 2021. / 2021年12月27日をもって動画配信は終了いたしました。

Lasem, in Central Java, is one of the first towns where the Chinese settled in Indonesia in the 13th century. Today, their descendants, the Chinese-Indonesian and the Javanese live together in harmony, respecting each other's culture, and the town still preserves many buildings with a fusion of architectural styles from both regions. Not only ethnic groups, but also various religions live together, such as Islam, Christianity, and Confucianism, making Lasem a unique multicultural community. But how has the cultural tolerance of its residents been nurtured and passed down from generation to generation? One reason is a local Islamic boarding school -Pesantren-, a special school in Indonesia where students live on the same site with their teachers and are given a holistic education to master Islamic teachings. The film introduces the multicultural town of Lasem through an interview with the local Pesantren leader and explores clues to how different races and religions can live together in peace.


Director’s comment

M.Iskandar Tri Gunawan

Throughout history, conflicts have been repeated in the name of religion, race, or ethnicity. And we know that wariness and hostility toward groups different from ourselves still lurk in people's minds. This film will hopefully serve as a valuable lesson on the importance of maintaining harmony and peace in a multicultural society. Through this film, we can see and reflect that better understanding between parties can be achieved through simple things that happen in our daily interactions. Ultimately, these practices have proven to be the key to reducing conflict and maintaining harmony in our lives together.


  • Title / タイトル

    The Crescent in Dragon Village

  • Production year / 制作年


  • Duration / 分数

    20 min.

  • Director / ディレクター

    M.Iskandar Tri Gunawan

  • Informaiton / その他情報

    Director: M.Iskandar Tri Gunawan
    Producer: Muzayin Nazaruddin / Ali Minanto
    Researcher: Muzayin Nazaruddin / Ali Minanto
    Cinematographer: M.Iskandar Tri Gunawan
    Editor: M.Iskandar Tri Gunawan
    Music: Heru Blenggor

    ディレクター:M.Iskandar Tri Gunawan
    プロデューサー:Muzayin Nazaruddin / Ali Minanto
    取材:Muzayin Nazaruddin / Ali Minanto
    撮影:M.Iskandar Tri Gunawan
    編集:M.Iskandar Tri Gunawan
    音楽:Heru Blenggor

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