Vol. I / No. 13 | November 2020

Avyanthi Aziz (Lecturer, Department of International Relations, Universitas Indonesia)
Lisabona Rahman (Consultant, Film Preservation and Restoration)

For those trained in International Relations (IR), the world of cinema might be highly relatable, in particular because the structure of the film domain itself is reminiscent of the abstracted
international system we learned in classrooms. Film is situated, where politics, capital, and culture meet. This entanglement means that film embodies several things at once. In this respect, to practice film in IR also means to seriously regard, and bring back into play, critical perspectives that the discipline has largely ignored following the triumph of liberalism in the aftermath of the Cold War. We explicitly offer Indonesia as a positionality, in navigating the spatial dimensions and various levels of the global industry. We assert its use a lens to clarify the potentials and challenges in doing film and IR.

Keywords: film industry, postcolonial, visual International Relations