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Makbul Mubarak

Makbul Mubarak


Scriptwriter, Film Director


ScriptLab - projects Participant 2023
FeatureLab 360 Participant 2017


Makbul Mubarak is a film critic turned filmmaker. The 2012 Berlinale Talent Campus alum co-founded and writes for Cinema Poetica, now an acclaimed collective of film critics, journalists, academics, researchers, and activists in Indonesia. His contributions are nationally recognized when Indonesia’s Ministry of Education hailed him Best Film Critic in 2015.

Makbul built a filmography of short films. His debut short film SUGIH/DOG'S LULABY (2015) won Best Film in XXI Short Film Festival 2016, the biggest festival for short films in the country. His short film THE MALEDICTION won the Indonesian National Award for Best Short Film and receives special mention at the Singapore International Film Festival, both are in 2018. He is currently preparing for his feature film debut, AUTOBIOGRAPHY, selected to FeatureLab Program at TorinoFilmLab.

company profile

KawanKawan Film is a distinctive Indonesian production house that dedicates their audio visual arts as the bridge of absent histories for young generation. The arts produced equally focus on artistic value and social content.

KawanKawan Film was established in 2015 by Yulia Evina Bhara and Amerta Kusuma who are also the founders of Partisipasi Indonesia, a foundation that since 2008 has produced films with social issues and invented alternative distribution methods for film with sensitive issue such as human rights violation year 1965 and LGBT in Indonesia.

KawanKawan Film debuted by producing four films for Rekoleksi Memori with young emerging directors. One of the films is “On the Origin of Fear” directed by Bayu Prihantoro Filemon which had its world premiere in Venice International Film Festival and competed in Toronto and Clermont-Ferrand International Film Festivals. The film was awarded for Special Mention in Singapore International Film Festival.

The feature film debut for KawanKawan Film is “Solo, Solitude” that directed by Yosep Anggi Noen. The film is inspired by the life of Wiji Thukul, a poet as well as an activist in New Order regime, whose whereabouts is still unknown because of the forced disappearance by the government. “Solo, Solitude” was selected to several prestigious international film festivals in Locarno, Vladivostok Pacific Meredien, Hamburg, Busan, Nantes 3 DesContinent, and Q-Cinema. It was awarded as the best film in Apresiasi Film Indonesia and won Golden Hanoman Award in Jogja-NETPAC Asian Film Festival.

“Solo, Solitude” was premiered in 19 screens in Indonesian cinemas which then increased due to viewers’ demand until 42 screens. The film was successfully watched by 51,550 viewers in Indonesian cinema with huge media coverage that triggered many young people to learn more about 1998 history through film and Wiji Thukul’s poetry.