Indonesian Restaurants in Paris

Yanuarius Viodeogo

In 1965 it became a terrible event and after 30 September was the beginning of a series of terrible events for the Indonesian nation.

Under Suharto’s command, he defeated organizations considered leftist or communist.

Sukarno’s government fell and the people who idolized him fell over. Young intellectuals who were sent abroad by Sukarno to study, were forced to not be able to return home. Lives were shot at by rifles.

These students, artists, journalists and others studying in western countries, especially in eastern Europe, cannot return to Indonesia.

Some of them set up indonesian restaurants in Paris to survive among the restless. The presence of Indonesian restaurants in Paris also provides space for immigrants, especially those who are similar to them then called eksil can still work.

So it is not strange that the spirit behind the construction of the restaurant is not intended for business alone, but a symbol of solidarity between the exhibitions.

The Indonesian restaurant in Paris, founded on December 14, 1982 by Umar Said, Sobron Aidit, Budiman Soedarsono and Kusni Sulang, was re-recorded by Kotakhitam Forum, a visual-creative community located in Yogyakarta.

The 30-minute documentary, titled r.i.ini recounts the memory of the founders of Indonesian restaurants as well as the exil who used to study in several countries in Europe.The film gives some european feel in each of its series, as it instantly captures several cities in Paris, and the Netherlands so that it is as if we also enjoy the classic atmosphere of the city.

Director r.i. –Andrew Dananjaya managed to compose the film from start to finish to keep it nice to watch.

Starting from the eyes of the camera showing the city of Paris and the symbol of public pride, the Eiffel tower, Umar Said, the former Pimred National Economic Daily in the 60s who had been banned by Suharto opened the film testimonial bodyguard.

As one of the founders of the Indonesian restaurant it tells the story, starting from his life in Indonesia as Treasurer KIAPMA – Foreign Anti-Military Conference was mastered by Bung Karno. The story continues when Umar Said founded Restoran Indonesia in Paris because of the sense of his fellow friends because they did not have a job because the Indonesian Embassy in their country had unilaterally revoked their passport permits.

Umar Said said, the restaurant was created with the spirit of gotong royong characterized by cooperative institutions. The spirit and commitment held firmly by Pak Ayik (a familiar name umar said) et al who contributed to the fight for the rights of the victims of violence of the new order. In fact, their work received tremendous attention by the local government.

On the 28th anniversary of Indonesian Restaurant in Paris on January 24, 2011, he was awarded the Paris City Medal. Also present at the event was Madame Danielle Mitterand, the wife of the former French prime minister, who also congratulated her on the hard work of the R.I. during this time.

The film was produced by the black box forum in 2011. The film with the cartoonist’s cover appears to represent someone studying abroad experiencing years of terror by strangers.

R.i is the second black boxed documentary film previously titled The Land of The Groundless Water–about the lives of lekra art actors who had to be frozen by the New Order because it was considered PKI.

Pluralism in Restaurants
The restaurant crew assessed that Indonesian Restaurant in Paris was built on high Indonesian taste. Like Soejoso — an alumnus of the University of Patris Lumumba, Moscow, who now works as a manager of Indonesian Restaurant, said that Indonesian restaurants exist because they were founded using the principle of Capital Zero, meaning leaving because of left-right debt, the skills of managing restaurants do not have.

It is natural because none of these young intellectuals, artists or journalists have experience in the culinary field.

In contrast to the experience of F. Cisca Fanggidaej. Before being invited to open the memory of Suharto’s vile tilas, the director took aim at the corners of Utrech, The Netherlands. European nuances are so thick, presented with the strains of songs genjer-genjer rhythmic ballads using a touch of European music rhythm.

The former journalist, who lives on Kruisstraat street, left Indonesia to represent Indonesia at an international journalists’ conference in Chile two days before the dark events of G30 S.

Heroically, he said, Indonesian restaurant as evidence of the duality of Eksil to his homeland. The call of the land remains in the hearts of the exes, but like him is not the main return to Indonesia but gives the best for Indonesia.

Other exes such as Ibrahim Isa –author, Suranto and his wife Widjiarti a doctor had a bitter experience while unable to return to Indonesia. They reveal on the one hand being abroad gives a different life even with a different culture but on the other hand like Mrs. Widjiarti who has to lose her father to being killed by the military.

“My father was wanted, why his son wasuni soviet means communist, the father’s watch was sent, asked by the mother where the father, father is no longer there,” said Widjiarti.

But their disappointment at being injured by Suharto did not diminish their love for Indonesia. So with the Indonesian Restaurant in Paris, the crew stuck a resistance attitude against the government at that time, but still loved Indonesia.

Arif Budiman, since becoming an anti-Sukarno student activist, also crossed the left line during sukarno’s near-ouster, blatantly praising the presence of Indonesian restaurants in Paris as unifying pluralism.

Arif was not at all apathetic with indonesian restaurants, he felt for himself the restaurant was so friendly to everyone, unlike the Indonesian Embassy in France at that time who said the food in the restaurant was PKI food.

French PM’s advisors
Indonesian restaurants during the before Suharto collapsed, continued to be the month-month of the Indonesian Embassy throughout Europe, especially in Paris. Just imagine people at the Embassy in Paris forbid Indonesian students to taste gado-gado, fried rice, spring rolls, and vegetable lodeh there because the restaurant is labeled a communist nest, the food is PKI.

But in fact for many years, the restaurant was visited by various people from different tribes, religions, races, skin colors, educational backgrounds, to high-ranking state officials, willing to sit together at the banquet table. In fact, the horror of being in the restaurant was created by the people of the Embassy did not appear at all.

In Indonesian restaurants all kinds of information about Indonesia is served, not even infrequently the visitors mention that Indonesian restaurants also play an important role as ambassadors of Indonesian culture.

“Indonesia’s information center is in r.i introducing Indonesia more than the role of the Indonesian embassy in Paris,” said Budhisatwati, a cook at the restaurant.

Advisor to the French PM 5 times in a row–Louis Joinet’s best friend r.i. The late Wahid before taking office until becoming President was a loyal customer. The restaurant located on Paris’s Vaugirard street, a prestigious street in Paris, has always been highly appreciated by the people there.

“The important thing is the spirit of devotion of the Indonesian homeland therefore, the name of the Indonesian restaurant,” said Umar Said.

The film features old collections of photographs of the speakers. The corners of the source person’s house become the boredom-ing frames of the film itself. Even the director invited the audience to walk with Budhisatwati in the park in general park in Europe with shady trees, downstream homecoming of humans and pigeons.

The director’s finale wraps it up with a re-arrangement of the classic gendjer-gendjer song. An alternative historically themed documentary that’s worth watching.


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