(1960) was born and raised in Jakarta. His family history - with Arab, Pakistani and Betawi ancestors - reflects the cosmopolitan character of the city of his birth. He studied Russian and American Studies at the Universitas Indonesia in Jakarta. At the moment he teaches at the department of Russian at the Universitas Indonesia. His poetic genius was established with his volume of poems Dari Batavia sampai Jakarta, 1619-1999 for which he received the prize for the best Indonesian volume of poetry 1998-2000'. Other publications are Manusia, Mitos, dan Mitologi (1998), Pintu, Etalase, Batavia Centrum (collected poetry, 1998), and Konflik Nilai dalam Sejarah Perkembangan Sastra Rusia.(WN 2002)
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The past is what has been, governments cherish hush-hush policies, but history remains alive in the family memory. How do younger generations look at the making of Indonesia? What is left of the aspirations of their parents? Has the decolonization process been completed? Young writer Nukila Amal projected herself in the time and looked at the past through her father's eyes. In addition she gave her own view on history. Roaming the streets past buildings, streets and squares the Jakartan poet Zeffry Alkatiri brought images from past and present to life. In his collection Dari Batavia sampai Jakarta, 1619-1999 he describes the eventful history of the Indonesian capital. His poems were framed by historical and contemporary film and sound material about Batavia and Jakarta. Martin de Vletter of the Dutch Architecture Institute did comment on the images and talked with Zeffry Alkatiri. Joss Wibisono hosted the conversation. Dutch and English spoken.
What is decolonization? It is the departure, gradually that is, of an old colonial power. Is it an arrival too? The decolonization of Indonesia is full of questions and uncertainties. Remco Raben came to mention this in his introduction. Subsequently the researchers presented the answers which their studies in the research programme 'From the Dutch East Indies to Indonesia' yielded. The Jakartan poet Zeffry Alkatiri opened the day with the poem Amsterdam-Batavia. He told the story of Jakarta as an eyewitness of history.
In present day Indonesia the past ages of Dutch rule hardly matter any more. But the collected poems by Zeffry Alkatiri bear the title 'From Batavia to Jakarta 1619-1999' and novelist and screenplay-writer Remy Sylado uses the last days of the Dutch colonialism as the setting for his historical novel Ca-Bau-Kan. Need one say more?
An evening with four of the five Indonesian guests of Winternachten. The young Balinese poet Oka Rusmini, poetress and actress Rieke Diah Pitaloka from Jakarta, bestselling author Remy Sylado and the poet Zeffry Alkatiri. An evening on the inevitable social engagement of writers and poets in Indonesia. Moderated by Kees Snoek. Indonesian spoken. Dutch translations.
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