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Media Coverage: Indonesia’s Jaktent Festival Prepares Its Second Year of Programming

As many world book publishing trade shows, book fairs, literary festivals, and other events have struggled during the still-ongoing coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic, the Jakarta Content Week “Jaktent” program from Frankfurter Buchmesse and the Yayasan Tujuhbelas Pulau Imaji (the 17,000 Islands of Imagination Foundation) in Indonesia may have been one of the boldest.

Discussion: Indonesian Writing Abroad

With so much large-scale cross-border movement today — or at least before the COVID-19 pandemic — it should not be strange to see Indonesians who live abroad writing about both their original homeland and the countries they now live in. 

Unlike Indonesian authors at home, who primarily make their living by writing, Indonesian writers abroad appear to occupy a broader range of positions: migrant workers, students, diplomats, and even corporate business people. What motivates them to write? What stories do they have to tell, and what do they achieve through the writing experience?

At Jakarta Content Week 2020, film activist Lisabona Rahman talked to Joss Wibisono, Soe Tjen Marching, and Etik Juwita about their struggle as Indonesian writing from abroad. Revisit their discussion below.

Challenging the Idea of a Heroine: Lessons from the Queen of Chick Lit

Sophie Kinsella first hit the UK bestseller lists more than 20 years ago with her novel, Confessions of a Shopaholic. Since then, the book’s heroine Becky Bloomwood has been featured in seven other best-selling books. Becky also made her way into the big screen with the movie adaptation, starring Isla Fisher and Hugh Dancy. 

Sophie Kinsella has also written nine standalone novels, which have been bestsellers in the UK, USA, and other countries. She has sold over 40 million copies of her books, and her work has been translated into over 40 languages. 

On last year’s Jakarta Content Week, Sophie talked to writer and illustrator Asmara Wreksono about her love of writing, the vast possibilities of life in our twenties, social media stars, and how the heroine of her Shopaholic series Becky Blomwood changed her life. 

David Wallace-Wells’ The Uninhabitable Earth: A Climate Emergency Literature

In 2017, David Wallace-Wells wrote an essay for New York Magazine, depicting the worst-case scenarios for global warming. He portrayed plague, famine, and collapsing economy, among other distressing issues. The essay sparked numerous debates, and two years later, he expanded it into Uninhabitable Earth. In the book, the journalist and author carefully examined the impact of climate change on our planet and our culture and emotional lives. His writing incited contradictory responses. Some say he's a reckless alarmist, while others praise him for telling the terrifying truth. 

At Jakarta Content Week 2020, David spoke lengths about the urgency of climate change alongside Andhyta F. Utami, an environmental economist focusing on policies at the intersection of ecological sustainability and human well-being. 

Today, the world continues to grapple with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, weather disasters, and other unsettling signs of climate change. This conversation has become more relevant than ever. 

 

#climatechange #future

Around The World in 60 Seconds: Crafting Meaningful Stories For The Short-Span Audiences

The world knows him as the host and CEO of Nas Daily. He started his journey as a creator with a mission to make a one-minute video every day for 1000 days. Five years later, Nuseir Yassin has garnered an international audience of over 43 million followers in 197 countries across all platforms by documenting his travels and experiences around the world. He continues his streak by setting up a production studio, academy for content creators and recently raised $11 million of funding. 

Nuseir chatted with Iman Usman, CPO & Co-founder of Ruang Guru, for Jakarta Content Week 2020. Revisit their lively discussion below.

Behind the 73 Questions: Storytelling Through a Viral Challenge

Print media is a medium as old as the dawn of our modern world. Back then, it was the only medium for storytelling, but in today's world of digital distribution, the medium is struggling to find relevance. But again, the medium is just medium. At the core, it's just storytelling. 

During Jakarta Content Week 2020, we learned more about storytelling from Joe Sabia. He is best known as the creator and interviewer behind Vogue's award-winning series, "73 Questions," he shared about the transformation of storytelling medium into different kinds of form, including viral challenges. He was also the SVP of Creative Development at Condé Nast Entertainment for 6 years. In his years at the company, subscribers on YouTube have gone from 1.7 Million to 48 Million. From 50M monthly views on YouTube to 550M. 

Joe started his career as a founder of a digital lab at HBO, and in 2010 he gave a TED talk on storytelling. Ever since, he has created ideas and videos for companies such as Google, CFDA Fashion Awards, and others and led the content developments for Wired, Glamour, Vanity Fair, and many more.

Once interviewed Billie Eilish for "Billie Eilish: Same Interview, One Year Later", Joe is a classical music lover and an--surprise, surprise--international pun champion.

Rewatch his Jakarta Content Week 2020 session below.

Jakarta content week aims to be the new hub for Creative Content and Rights Trading in Asia Pacific. Publishing Products and other IP from the cultural and creative sectors, with a focus on Asia Pacific, are showcased and traded. Jaktent aims to be the place in Asia Pacific where members of the international content communities (publishing, literature, film, technology, creative etc.) meet, share, discuss and trade – at a number of different forums and formats: Exhibit-Sell-Buy-Enjoy-Learn-Watch-goCosplay-Eat Well: Jaktent opens new horizons for its public visitors and new markets for the professional world.
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