With the Covid-19 pandemic changing the world’s new normality, the burgeoning Indonesian movie industry must also evolve. The fourth most-populated country produces almost 200 movies each year, and each production involves at least 200 people. Among the recent good news is the adaptation of TV series Pretty Little Liars Indonesia that just won in nine National Winner categories of the Asian Academy Creative Awards. Boosted by the mention as “Best Actress in a Supporting Role”, Wulan Guritno is sure about the revival of the local entertainment industry now that the government is easing up on large-scale social distancing policy.
“A lot of movies I starred in are waiting to be released, such as the social-realism themed Jakarta vs Everybody, the horror movie Dajjal and Rumah Dalam Kuburan, and a few others I cameo in. I am also preparing for a few new titles this year, including Naga Bonar 3 with Deddy Mizwar as the director.” For movies that had finished production right before the Covid-19 pandemic hit, she explained that the option is either to wait to be released when the theatres open or to sell it to over-the-top media service. “However, how would live performances survive? Innovation and adaptation is the key, such as drive-in concerts or online theatre shows,” she said. “I recently joined an online play with Titimangsa Foundation under the direction of Agus Noor, Rumah Kenangan, which tells the story of an estranged family reunited due to the pandemic.”
Similar to these characters who were first confused and anxious with the current situation, Guritno also had found some meaning behind the current situation as part of God’s plan. “To be frustrated is normal, but once you sincerely accept it and find peace, ideas and solutions would come,” she said. “I tuned in spiritually to find healing such as by meditating with Deepak Chopra, listening to Quran recitation and delving into Islamic philosophy.” Guritno also cooked her specialities and sent them to friends and relatives as care packages with hand-written notes, and turned her rooftop into a garden to boost her mood with vigour and positivity.
Moreover, she keeps her mental health in check by helping others through Gelang Harapan, which is a movement Guritno started in 2014 with Janna and Amanda Soekasah. The charity gathers up donation mainly through the sales of Bracelet of Hope besides collaborating with different partners for thematic events. “Each bracelet is made from leftover jumputan fabrics made by designer Ghea Panggabean and goes to cancer-related causes,” she said. “Meanwhile, we also have Bracelet of Love for Indonesian arts and cultures awareness, Peace to promote unity in diversity, and Life as a form of support and respect for all living creatures.”
Adjusting to the needs of the society battered by the pandemic, Bracelet of Hope first started a crowd-funding to pool funds to donate personal protective equipment for the medical workforce; some of the donations came from the sales of Ghea Fashion Studio’s exclusive face masks. There were also crowd-funding for informal workers whose income are affected, for those impacted by the recent Sukabumi flooding and landslide, and Run for Hope to support the people in the arts industry. Throughout November, the charity is also doing Bike for Hope to celebrate its sixth anniversary with proceeds going to the arts as channelled by, and announced at, the 2020 Festival Film Indonesia.
Guritno and her drive to stay positive and productive, even when the world is full of uncertainties, is well-balanced with a healthy dose of biking and other sports, catching up with friends and spending quality time with the family. “As a working mum, I sort out my movie jobs and roles to divide the time spent at work and home with my three children, plus for businesses and hobbies,” she said. “At this point in my life, I set my priorities based on current changes and challenges, and never stop learning and developing myself.”