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The 10 best indie movie recommendations that you must watch in 2019

Big fan of indie movies? Here are 10 recommendations for the best Indonesian and western indie films that you must watch in 2019!

Are you a big fan of indie films, gang?

Unlike other commercial films that can easily appear on the cinema screen, indie movies usually have to go through a long journey first to be like that, gang.

Considered to have a story theme that lacks potential to be marketed by most studios, it turns out that there are also many of the best indie films that you must watch.

Best Western Indie Movie Recommendations 2019

Although its popularity is not as popular as the popular film Aladdin or others, indie films also have many good quality film titles in terms of stories and filming techniques, you know.

Well, for those of you who are looking for the best western indie films to watch, here is Jaka's recommendation, gang.

1. The Biggest Little Farm

This documentary genre film was directed by John Chester who also played a role in the film with his wife, Molly Chester.

The Biggest Little Farm tells the story of John Chester and his wife's struggle to build a 200-acre ranch in Los Angeles.

In addition, both of them are also committed to protecting nature by not using pesticides for agriculture.

Hit by various obstacles that are not easy to pass, Chester and his wife finally succeeded in realizing their dream of creating a beautiful farm and ranch.

InformationThe Biggest Little Farm
Reviews (Number of Reviewers)8.0 (498)
Duration1 hour 31 minutes
Release DateMay 10, 2019
DirectorJohn Chester
PlayerJohn Chester

Matthew Pilachowski

2. An Elephant Sitting Still

An Elephant Sitting Still is a film with a drama genre that tells the story of the complicated life journey of the four players.

With different problems faced by the four, they agreed to travel to the city of Manzhouli in northern China.

This they did to put their hope in a famous story about an elephant sitting and seemingly ignoring the world.

InformationAn Elephant Sitting Still
Reviews (Number of Reviewers)7.9 (2,026)
Duration3 hours 50 minutes
Release DateMay 8, 2019
DirectorBo Hu
PlayerYu Zhang

Uvin Wang

3.Hail Satan?

Hi Satan is a documentary genre film that tells the story of the rise of one of the most controversial religious movements in American history, namely The Satanic Temple, gang.

The Satanic Temple group considers that Satan does not represent evil, but rebellion, freethinkers who dare to question God's authority.

InformationHi Satan?
Reviews (Number of Reviewers)6.8 (641)
Duration1 hour 35 minutes
Release Date17 April 2019
DirectorPenny Lane
PlayerJex Blackmore

Nicholas Crowe

4. Her Smell

For those of you who like rock music themed movies, then movies Her Smell you must watch this, gang.

Her Smell is an indie film that tells the story of a grunge singer named Becky Something, played by Elisabeth Moss.

In this film, the main character is told as a rebel who ultimately causes his singing career to be destroyed, the gang.

InformationHer Smell
Reviews (Number of Reviewers)6.2 (1,136)
Duration2 hours 14 minutes


Release DateMay 10, 2019
DirectorAlex Ross Perry
PlayerElisabeth Moss

Cara Delevingne

5. The Upside

The story of two friends with different social and economic backgrounds wrapped in comedy elements is successfully shown in the film The Upside.

The Upside tells the story of the touching friendship between Phillip and Dell.

Phillip, who is a writer and well-known investor, suffers from a disease that causes his body to become paralyzed making it difficult to carry out daily activities.

Having a bad record as an ex-convict who has parole status, Dell is busy with his job as a nanny for Phillip in order to be released from his prison status.

For those of you who are fans of comedy genre films, you really have to watch this film, gang!

InformationThe Upside
Reviews (Number of Reviewers)6.7 (24,881)
Duration2 hours 6 minutes


Release Date11 January 2019
DirectorNeil Burger
PlayerKevin Hart, Bryan Cranston, Nicole Kidman

Recommended Best Indonesian Indie Films 2019

If previously Jaka had discussed recommendations for indie films from foreign countries, then the next is indie films made by the nation's children, the gang.

Not inferior to foreign productions, the following recommendations for indie films by the nation's children also have good stories.

1. 27 Steps of May

Film 27 Steps of May Directed by Ravi Bharwani, it presents a story about the trauma felt by a woman named May who became a victim of sexual violence.

The figure of May, played by actress Raihaanun, became a victim of rape by an unknown group of people at the very young age of 14 years.

Through the story of this film, you will participate in exploring the pain and tightness felt by May's character, the gang.

Information27 Steps of May
Reviews (Number of Reviewers)8.5 (133)
Duration1 hour 52 minutes
Release Date27 April 2019
DirectorRavi L. Bharwani
PlayerRaihaanun Soeriaatmadja

Ario Bayu

2. Kucumbu My Beautiful Body (Memories of My Body)

Film Kucumbu My Beautiful Body tells the story of Juno's journey as a Lengger dancer who is synonymous with transgender.

Through this film, you can see the fusion of masculine-feminine traits in the process of life that occurs because it is influenced by many aspects, gangs.

In addition, this film also tells about the traumatic journey experienced by Juno in his life.

InformationKucumbu My Beautiful Body (Memories of My Body)
Reviews (Number of Reviewers)7.3 (169)
Duration1 hour 45 minutes
Release DateApril 18, 2019
DirectorGarin Nugroho
PlayerMuhammad Khan


3. Ave Maryam

The film, played by Maudy Koesnadi, tells the story of the lives of Catholic nuns in one of the convents in the city of Semarang.

Movie story Ave Maryam It gets even more complicated when there is a forbidden love story between two respected figures in the Catholic religion, namely a nun and a priest.

Maryam's story is opened through a description of her daily activities while serving the elderly nuns, until one day she meets the figure of Father, played by Chicco Jerikho.

InformationAve Maryam
Reviews (Number of Reviewers)7.6 (163)
Duration1 hour 25 minutes


Release Date11 April 2019
DirectorRobby Ertanto
PlayerMaudy Kusnaedi

Tutie Kirana

4. Gifts

Unlike previous indie films, Gift is a short film directed by Aditya Ahmad, gang.

With a duration of 15 minutes, this film tells the story of Isfi's figure who is very excited to welcome Nita's birthday, his girlfriend.

However, he had to do this with great sacrifice because Isfi is a tomboy. She had to wear a headscarf and long skirt to be accepted at Nita's house.

Although on the IMDb rating and review site this film has not yet received a rating, the film Kado has successfully received praise from world film festivals like the Berlinale (Berlin International Film Festival).

Reviews (Number of Reviewers)-
Duration15 minutes
Release Date2018
DirectorAditya Ahmad
PlayerIsfira Febiana


5. Pilgrimage

Pilgrimage is a film that tells the story of Mbah Sri's journey when looking for the original grave of her late husband who died during the war.

Thanks to information from one of the war veterans, Mbah Sri finally started his journey even though it was full of struggles.

Film Ziarah finally managed to win two categories out of four nominations at the event ASEAN International Film Festival and Awards (AFIFFA) in Malaysia, you know, gang.

Reviews (Number of Reviewers)8.2 (8)
Duration1 hour 27 minutes
Release Date2016
DirectorB.W. Ancient Country
PlayerPoncho Sutiyem

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So, those were the top 10 recommendations for the best western and Indonesian indie films that you must watch, gang.

Although the titles are not very well known, but the story is no less good.

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