Voices from Jakarta: Documentary Screening and Panel Discussion

Presented by ANU College of Arts & Social Sciences

Voices from Jakarta is a documentary film based on The Greater Jakarta Transition to Adulthood Longitudinal Survey. The study examines the life courses of young people, how changes in the lives of young Indonesians affect their progression to becoming independent, secure adults and in what ways this progress differs for men and women and by socio-economic strata.

Young Indonesians and their economic and political contributions are vital for Indonesia’s development, yet policy to maximise their participation is lagging. In 2010, young Indonesians aged 20-34 numbered 61 million people. With higher levels of education compared with their parents’ generation, this large cohort of young adults was poised to bring about the country’s so-called demographic dividend. Based on a selection of the intensive case studies, the film examines the lives of young people in Greater Jakarta, contrasting those with high education with those with low education.


Iwu Dwisetyani Utomo has taught Gender and Population and Social Research Methods at ANU since 2001. She has won various ARC, WHO, Ford Foundation and DFAT research grants to study: The Greater Jakarta Transition to Adulthood Longitudinal Survey; Aging in Rural Indonesia and Gender and Reproductive Health Study in Indonesia.

Peter McDonald was President of the International Union for the Scientific Study of Population for the years, 2010-2013. For 17 years, he was Head of ANU Demography. His research association with Indonesia extends back to the 1970s when he worked for more than three years in the Demographic Institute of the University of Indonesia. He received an Order of Australia award in 2008. He is frequently consulted by governments around the world on population policy.

Ruth Nikijuluw is a PhD candidate in economics at Crawford School of Public Policy. Currently she is also working as a research assistant for ANU Indonesia Project. Prior to ANU, she worked at the World Bank Office Jakarta where she conducted several public expenditure and regional economic analyses.

Anggra N. Cahyo has a Master of Social Research from ANU and is working as a research assistant in ANU School of Demography His research interests include population ageing, mental health issues, and psychological measurement tools.