Dragons Begets Dragons| 1hr : 38mins
Director: Ariani Darmawan | Producer: Ariani Darmawan
Focus Years: 2006 | Country: Indonesia
Not many people know that Gambang Kromong is an acculturative form of music adapted from various ethnicities in Indonesia. The seeds of this art form date back to the 18th century. The Gambang Kromong melody, of Chinese musical notations, was introduced by the Chinese Indonesian, or Tionghoa Peranakan. Through cross-fertilization with Javanese, Sundanese and Malay cultures, a harmonious music form emerged which is now known as a specific traditional art form from Jakarta. Together with its dynamic and engaging narration on the long history of cultural and musical assimilation, this film also describes today's Chinese-Indonesians as the keepers of a Gambang Kromong musical legacy. Since the 15th century, their families lived in old Batavia (Jakarta) and had been slowly marginalized socially, economically, and geographically towards the suburban areas. Although most of them hold fast to the ancient Chinese custom, these people remain close, even inseparable, with the locals, thus breaking the stereotype of introverted-rich-Chinese-Indonesian.