Indonesian Television Archive

There are two collections available in this project. The first one is a collection of several programs produced by Manajemen Qolbu Television (MQTV). The second collection consists of several episodes of a program called Republik Mimpi.

About MQTV

With the passing of the Regional Autonomy Law (Law No 22/1999) and the Regional Fiscal Law (Law No 25/1999), both enacted on 2 January 2001, many people in Indonesia believed that a new era of prosperity was beckoning. Suddenly, each province in Indonesia would be allowed to determine its own economic direction with less intervention from Jakarta. For the first time, the authority and responsibility to control economic resources and activities shifted from center to region. These two laws opened opportunities for people who live outside Jakarta to establish local television stations. In addition, when President Abdul Rahman Wahid disbanded the Ministry of Information in October 1999, which controlled licenses for any mass media operations, permission was no longer needed from Jakarta.

About Republik Mimpi

Republik Mimpi (RM), which can be translated either as Dreaming Republic or Republic of Dreams, is the first (and one might argue the only) political satire program of its caliber in the history of Indonesian Television. It has inspired several other programs, but none so far has come close to the reputation of RM. It is very smart, bold, and respectful to the intelligence of its audience. The program is created and co-produced by Effendi Gazali (MA, Cornell University, USA; PhD, Radboud Nijmegen University, The Netherlands), a faculty member in the Communication Department of the University of Indonesia. He was influenced by Jon Stewart's Daily Show and the now defunct British television program called Spitting Image (Ed Davies, 2007).

Curhat Bareng Teh Ninih (A Heart-to-heart with Teh Ninih) Episodes
Teh Ninih is the first wife of Abdullah Gymnastiar (popularly known as Aa Gym) and the mother of his seven children. When her husband decided to marry his second wie in 2006, Teh Ninih captured the attention of millions of women in Indonesia by standing next to her husband when he confirmed his second marriage on national television. Her decision to stay in her marriage sparked either sympathy or anger among millions of Indonesian women. The angry ones accused her of pushing women back into the old box where they used to be, while the sympathetic ones praised her for her religious devotion and her emotional strength. This program is a venue for her to share her take on issues related to women, marriage, and family based on her Islamic values.
Jalan-Jalan Jajan (Scenery and Food) Episodes
How many families in Indonesia can afford to go abroad for vacation? Perhaps less than 0.5 percent! For average Indonesians, watching a program on places to visit in, let's say, the United States, is like watching a Bollywood movie -- both pure escapism and far beyond the realm of possibility. Jalan-Jalan Jajan is an example of many popular television programs focusing on local destinations in Indonesia suitable for Indonesian wallets. This program shows unique (often exoticized) destinations in West Java.
Kebun Hikmah (Episodes 1-30)
The Garden of Wisdom. This program is syndicated nationally and internationally (Malaysia and Singapore). In the program, Aa Gym is accompanied by a co-host, who reads verses from the Koran and/or Hadith (a collection of stories relating words or deeds of Prophet Mohammad) pertaining to the subjects of the day. Audience members are given the opportunity to ask questions about life and get answers from the host. What makes it interesting is that the questions reveal the common concerns and desires of average Indonesian people across religious, ethnic, and regional boundaries.
Jagalah Hati Episodes
This is a television program that contains advice for human life. In a form of a drama, Jagalah Hati gives examples of situations that often happen in daily human life. We can take lessons from these examples.
Spirit Kang Dudung (Kang Dudung?s Spirit) Episodes
Dudung Abdul Ghani (popularly know as Kang Dudung) is the Executive Director of MQTV, and the brother-in-law of Aa Gym. As a father of young children he is concerned with their future and that of Indonesian children in general. He believes that instilling strong motivation in young people to gain financial achievement is as important as fulfilling their moral/religious and social obligations. His program stresses the importance of love and respect in achieving one's goals in life. His guests include entertainers who perform on the program as well as notable individuals.
Open House Republik Mimpi Episodes
Republik Mimpi (RM), which can be translated either as Dreaming Republic or Republic of Dreams, is the first (and one might argue the only) political satire program of its caliber in the history of Indonesian Television. It has inspired several other programs, but none so far has come close to the reputation of RM. It is very smart, bold, and respectful to the intelligence of its audience. The program is created and co-produced by Effendi Gazali (MA, Cornell University, USA; PhD, Radboud Nijmegen University, The Netherlands), a faculty member in the Communication Department of the University of Indonesia. He was influenced by Jon Stewart's Daily Show and the now defunct British television program called Spitting Image (Ed Davies, 2007).
Republik Mimpi Episodes
Republik Mimpi (RM), which can be translated either as Dreaming Republic or Republic of Dreams, is the first (and one might argue the only) political satire program of its caliber in the history of Indonesian Television. It has inspired several other programs, but none so far has come close to the reputation of RM. It is very smart, bold, and respectful to the intelligence of its audience. The program is created and co-produced by Effendi Gazali (MA, Cornell University, USA; PhD, Radboud Nijmegen University, The Netherlands), a faculty member in the Communication Department of the University of Indonesia. He was influenced by Jon Stewart's Daily Show and the now defunct British television program called Spitting Image (Ed Davies, 2007).
Salma (Episodes 1-4)
Salma is a drama series. Salma, the central figure of the story, has to deal with marital problems similar to those anywhere in the world. She is a teacher and a single mother, who has to deal with her estranged husband, who has taken up a second wife. The drama is not only about polygamy in Indonesia, but also about the pressure that a woman has to endure for being legally married but without the presence of the husband. What is fresh in the drama is the character of Salma. She deconstructs the stereotypical image of the miserable, weak and lonely divorced Indonesian woman.
Rumah Saudaraku (My Kin's Houses) Episodes
Every so often someone asks this question: Are Muslims allowed to listen to and play music? This program is aimed at answering the question. Muslims in Indonesia, even the devoted ones, have the freedom to enjoy music and other forms of expression. Along with music, many people have art works in their homes. Large segments of the program show interiors of houses where viewers can see what kinds of art are in them. The houses featured in the program are all owned by Muslim families.
Kebun Kita Episodes
Kebun Kita is a television program that is suitable for people who love flowers. In this program, people who love flowers can get information about how to plant and to take care of flowers.
Succes Figure Episodes
Success Figure is a program that contains a story of successful entrepreneurs. They share their story about how they started their business for the first time and how their business developed.
Cantik Muslimah (Stylish Muslim women) Episodes
The discussion about 'hejab' in Indonesia does not usually revolve so much around the idea whether or not it is oppressive to women. Although there is peer and family pressure for some women, it is not mandatory for all Muslim women in Indonesia to don it. In the past, the hejab was viewed as purely a sign of religious devotion and often equated with conservatism. Today, the view is still valid (it depends on how one wears it) but it is far from true for everyone. Wearing a hejab is a fashion statement -- some wear it with expensive pantsuits and others pair them with very tight low-cut jeans with fake tattoos on their hands. The permutations are unlimited!
Lezatnya Berbagi (The Pleasure of Sharing) Episodes
With a population of almost 250 millions, Indonesia has the largest Muslim population in the world, and the word "halal", often written in Arabic orthography (حلال), can be found on food packages for almost anything from sirloin steak to fish sauce. This program claims to show viewers beautiful places where they can find tasty and halal food. The show also presents tips and demonstrations on how to prepare local dishes. Everywhere in the world people enjoy cooking shows and Indonesians are no exception.
Keluarga Senyum (Epsiodes 1-40)
Smiling Family. This is a family situational comedy. The family of Mr. and Mrs. Salam is very respectable in their village. They always smile thus earning them the nickname of the smiling family. Like most situational comedy programs, it is critical. The dialog, which is a mix of Sundanese (the vernacular language of West Java) and Indonesian languages, is critical toward the local government of West Java, the Indonesian government, and conditions in Indonesia in general.
Bincang Riang (Chitchatting) Episodes
This program is the light version of Curhat Bareng Teh Ninih. The conversation still revolves around the multi-roles of women, but not so much from the religious poitn of view. The program invites experts in various fields to talk about health problems, childdevelopment, nutrition, etc. It is very appealing to young female viewers.