Ekky Imanjaya, MA, MHum (

(Ekky Imanjaya is currently taking sabbatical leave to finish his PhD at the University of East Anglia, UK)

MA, Film Studies, Universiteit van Amsterdam (2008)
MHum, Philosophy, Universitas Indonesia (2003)
BA, Literature, Universitas Indonesia





Ekky Imanjaya has published many popular and scholarly articles as well as presented papers at international conferences. Prior to the academic career, he was already a well-known film reviewer, book author and journalist. He is also co-founder and editor of Rumah Film,, a group of film critics managing a website consisting writings of films as well as organizing various events related to cinema. As a filmmaker, he won a best documentary award from a film festival in Bangkok, Thailand for his film, Macet (Traffic Jam).

Research interest: Indonesian cinema, film history, film studies

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The Backdoors of Jakarta: Jakarta and Its Social Issues in Post-Reform Indonesian Cinema (2010), Lap Lambert Academic Publishing

Amsterdam Surprises (2010) Jakarta: Lingkar Pena

Jus Musik (Juice of Music) (2010). Jakarta: Zikrul Hakim

LayarPersia: Panorama Sinema Iran (Persian Screen: Iranian Cinema Panorama) (2007) Jakarta: Citra Publishing.

Ali Syari’ati: Serial Tokoh Filsafat (Ali Shariati: A Philosopher) (2007)Jakarta: Penerbit Teraju.

Remaja Anti Korupsi, Siapa Takut? (We are Teenagers, and We are against Corruption!)(2007) Solo: MVM

Why Not: Remaja Doyan Nonton Film (Why Not: Teenagers love to watch Film) (2007). Bandung: Mizan

Why Not: Remaja Doyan Filsafat (Why Not: Teenagers love Philosophy) (2003) Bandung: Mizan

Andai Ia Tahu: Kupas Tuntas Proses Pembuatan Film (Andai Ia Tahu: Behind the Movie) (2003) Co-editor with Akmal Nasery Basral, Jakarta: LAViE Production

Filsafat untuk Semua, Pengantar Mudah Menuju Dunia Filsafat (Philosophy for All, an easy way to Philosophy) (2001). Jakarta: Penerbit Lentera


Academic Publications

Two Orphan Films by Usmar Ismail” (2013) in Cinematheque Quarterly (April-June 2013)

“Plagiarism issues in post-1998 Indonesian film posters” (with Emanuel Pratalaharja ) (2012) in Wacana Vol. 14 No. 1 (April 2012) p 82–98;

Tweet Berbayar: Bagaimana Word of Mouth Bekerja dalam Media Baru (Paid Tweets: How Word of Mouth Works in New Media (2011), Co writer with Rosidah Syaukat. Jurnal Humaniora, 02 (02). ISSN 2087-1236

Film Sebagai Media Social Marketing: Yasmin Ahmad Berjualan Ide Multikulturalisme (Film as Social Marketing Media: Yasmin Ahmad Sells Multikulturalism Ideas (2011). Co writer with Rosidah Syaukar.. Jurnal Humaniora, 02 (01). ISSN 2087-123.

“Publications on Indonesian Cinema” (2010) in Asian Cinema, Volume 21 Issue 2, Fall 2010.

“When Love Glorifies God”: Islamic Film is Emerging as a New Genre in the Indonesian Film World (2009), in Inside Indonesia 97, July-September 2009 (

The Curious Cases of Salma, Siti, and Ming: Representations of Indonesia’s Polygamous Life in “Love for Share” (2009), in Jump Cut Journal No. 51, Spring 2009. (

“Revisiting Italian Neorealism: Its Influence toward Indonesia and Asian Cinema or There’s No such Thing Like Pure Neorealist Films” (2008), in Journal of European Studies University of Indonesia, Volume IV No. 3- 2008.

“Who’s Afraid of Democracy. Politics of Freedom in Indonesian Films” (2007), in Osian’s Cinemaya, The Asian Film Quarterly Vol 1 no. 4, May, 2007. Mumbai: Osian’s = Connoisseurs of Art Private Limited: 8-11.