It Changed My Life

It Changed My Life: Film-maker Joko Anwar makes a hit of his own life

Joko Anwar is seen as one of those rare film-makers who have bridged the gap between commercial success and critical acclaim. The 42-year-old fell in love with movies as a child because they transported him away from his harsh life. "When I look back
Joko Anwar is seen as one of those rare film-makers who have bridged the gap between commercial success and critical acclaim.PHOTO: COURTESY OF JOKO ANWAR

Born into a poor family in Medan, Joko Anwar is now considered one of Asia's top directors

In Javanese mythology, the Wewe Gombel is a female ghost with long hanging breasts who abducts children neglected by their parents.

Legend has it that she was a woman dumped by her husband when he discovered that she was barren. She killed him after seeing him in the arms of another woman and later committed suicide.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on October 07, 2018, with the headline 'Film-maker makes a hit of his own life'. Print Edition | Subscribe