Arifin C. Noer

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Arifin C. Noer
Arifin C Noer speaking, Festival Film Indonesia (1982), 1983, p15.jpg
Arifin C. Noer at the 1982 Indonesian Film Festival
Born Arifin Chairin Noer
(1941-03-10)10 March 1941
Cheribon, Dutch East Indies
Died 28 May 1995(1995-05-28) (aged 54)
Jakarta, Indonesia
Occupation Writer, theatre director, film director
Language Indonesian
Nationality Indonesia
Genre Poetry
Notable works Selamat Pagi Jajang (1979), Nyanyian Sepi (1995)
Notable awards S.E.A. Write Award 1990
Spouse Jajang C. Noer
Children Nitta Nazyra, Marah Laut

Arifin Chairin Noer, commonly known as Arifin C. Noer (10 March 1941 in Cirebon, West Java – 28 May 1995 in Jakarta, Indonesia) was an Indonesian poet, theater director and highly successful film producer.[1]

Noer studied Civil Administration at the University of Cokroaminoto in Yogyakarta, Central Java and began his theatrical career in the early 1960s as an actor in a study group in Central Java with W.S. Rendra. After finishing his degree in 1967, Noer moved to Jakarta and founded Teater Ketjil (Little Theater), a laboratory where he and other actors could experiment using the workshop model that emphasizing the whole person as introduced by W.S. Rendra, but Noer was focused on cultivating acting skills.[2] According to the Columbia Encyclopedia of Modern Drama, Noer was a prolific playwright and director from the 1970s until his death in 1995, directing all of his original plays including his best-known work, Kapai-Kapai (Moths) in 1970.[2]

Noer's screenplays have won numerous awards, including Pemberang which won the Golden Harvest trophy for Best Dialog at the Film Festival Asia (FFA) in 1972 and Rio Anakku (1973), Melawan Badai (1974), Pengkhianatan G30S/PKI (1984), and Taksi (1990) received Citra awards at the Indonesian Film Festival (FFI) and translations of his plays have appeared in several languages, including English, French, Swedish and Chinese.[3][4]

In 1972–73, Noer participated in the International Writing Program in Iowa in the U.S.[5]

Noer received the S.E.A. Write Award in 1990 and his most notable poetry works included Selamat Pagi Jajang (1979) and a collection of poetry published after his death, Nyanyian Sepi (1995).[1]

In 1992, his film Bibir Mer (Mer's Lips) was submitted for consideration as the Indonesian entry for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.[6]

Selected Written Works

  • Noer, Arifin (1966). Mega, mega : sandiwara tiga bagian. Pasar Minggu, Jakarta: Pustaka Firdaus. ISBN 979-541-118-7. 
  • Noer, Arifin (1992). The bottomless well : a play in four acts. Jakarta: Lontar Foundation. ISBN 979-8083-10-5. 
  • Noer, Arifin (1995). Good morning, Jajang. Singapore: Dept. of Malay Studies, National University of Singapore. ISBN 978-9971-62-387-6. 
  • Noer, Arifin (2000). Orkes madun, atawa, Madekur dan tarkeni ; Umang-umang ; Sandek pemuda pekerja ; Ozone ; Magma. Jakarta: Pustaka Firdaus. ISBN 979-541-119-5. 
  • Noer, Arifin C., ed. (2000). Ideologi teater modern kita. Yogyakarta: Pustaka Gondho Suli. ISBN 979-9443-00-8. 

Selected Film Works

  • Rio Anakku (Rio, My Child; 1973)
  • Melawan Badai (Fighting the Storm; 1974)
  • Suci Sang Primadona (Suci the Prima Donna; 1977)
  • Petualang-Petualang (Wanderings; 1978)
  • Yuyun Pasien Rumah Sakit Jiwa (Yuyun in the Mental Hospital; 1979)
  • Harmonikaku (My Harmonica; 1979)
  • Serangan Fajar (Dawn Attack; 1981)
  • Djakarta 1966 (1982; released 1988)
  • Pengkhianatan G30S/PKI – 1984
  • Matahari Matahari (The Sun; 1985)
  • Biarkan Bulan Itu (Let the Moon...; 1986)
  • Taksi (Taxi; 1990)
  • Bibir Mer (Mer's Lips; 1991)
  • Tasi oh Tasi (1992)


  1. ^ a b Aveling, Harry (2001). Secrets Need Words: Indonesian Poetry 1966–1998. Athens: Ohio University Center for International Studies. p. 366. ISBN 0-89680-216-7. 
  2. ^ a b Cody, Gabrielle (2007). The Columbia Encyclopedia of Modern Drama. New York: Columbia University Press. p. 971. ISBN 0-231-14032-0. 
  3. ^ "Arifin C. Noer – Profile" (in Indonesian). Perpustakaan Nasional Republic Indonesia (Indonesian National Library). Archived from the original on 16 November 2011. Retrieved 15 November 2011. 
  4. ^ McGlynn, John H., ed. (1990). Walking westward in the morning : seven contemporary Indonesian poets. Jakarta: Lontar Foundation in collaboration with SOAS. ISBN 979-8083-03-2. 
  5. ^ Rampan, Korrie Layun (2000). Leksikon Susastra Indonesia [Lexicon of Indonesian Literature] (in Indonesian) (First ed.). Jakarta: Balai Pustaka. p. 62. ISBN 979-666-358-9. 
  6. ^ "Foreign Oscar entries submitted". Variety. 2 December 1992. Retrieved 16 November 2011. 

External links

  • Arifin C. Noer on IMDb
  • Profil Arifin C. Noer
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