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Gender Performativity in RIZAL MANTOVANI’S Air Terjun Pengantin

Anton Sutandio
English Department, Maranatha Christian University, Bandung, Indonesia
Abstract—This paper examines a contemporary Indonesian horror film, Rizal Mantovani’s Air Terjun Pengantin (2009) in regard to its visual representation of gender. The film allegorically highlights the contention between the contemporary Indonesian discourses on gender and the New Order gender politics. In particular, this paper explores two elements of gender performativity: body images and sexuality. Significantly, the film incorporates elements of horror that inform the film’s distinct use of allegory and engagement with issues of problematic Indonesian gender construction. The paper employs Judith Butler’s sense of gender performativity to analyze the film’s use of representation of sexuality. As the result, the film shows how the idea of gender materializes between the undying paternalistic and misogynistic Indonesia and the contemporary Indonesian gender discourses.

Index Terms—gender performativity, body images, sexuality, New Order regime, Indonesian gender discourses, allegory

Cite: Anton Sutandio, "Gender Performativity in RIZAL MANTOVANI’S Air Terjun Pengantin," Journal of Media & Mass Communication, Vol. 1, No. 2, pp. 76-83, December, 2015. doi: 10.12720/jmmc.1.2.76-83
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