Laskar Pelangi

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Laskar Pelangi
Directed by Riri Riza
Produced by Mira Lesmana
Written by Salman Aristo
Mira Lesmana
Riri Riza
Based on Laskar Pelangi by Andrea Hirata
Starring Cut Mini
Tora Sudiro
Slamet Rahardjo
Teuku Rifnu Wikana
Music by Sri Aksan Sjuman
Titi Handayani Sjuman
Cinematography Yadi Sugandi
Distributed by Miles Films
Mizan Production
Release date
September 25, 2008 (2008-09-25)
Running time
124 minutes
Country  Indonesia
Language Indonesian
Budget Rp 8 billion or US$590,000
Box office $16,674,621

Laskar Pelangi (English: The Rainbow Troops) is a 2008 Indonesian film adapted from the popular same titled novel by Andrea Hirata. The movie follows a group of 10 schoolchildren and their two inspirational teachers as they struggle with poverty and develop hopes for the future in Gantong Village on the farming and tin mining island of Belitung off the east coast of Sumatra. The film is the highest grossing in Indonesian box office history[1] and won a number of local and international awards.


The movie, set in the 1970s, opens on the first day of the year at a Muhammadiyah elementary school on Belitung. The school needs 10 students but is one short until near the end of the day, when a straggler fills out the ranks for their teachers, Muslimah and Harfan. Muslimah dubs the children "The Rainbow Troops" (sometimes translated as "The Rainbow Warriors") and the movie traces their development and relationships with the teachers.

Background and impact[edit]

The film "reportedly" cost 8 billion rupiah (US$890,000) to make and was a year in production. Most of the child actors in the film are from Belitung, and Producer Mira Lesmana explained that choice by saying: "In my opinion, there won't be any actors with a deeper connection to the roles than those who were born and lived in Belitong their entire life."[2]

The Bangka Belitung Provincial government declared some of the locations used in the film as areas of importance to culture and tourism in 2010, and provincial tourism chief Yan Megawandi said the decision was "primarily" made to help raise funds for the Muhammadiyah elementary school on which the film and novel's story are centered.[3]

The film's local and international success fueled a tourism boom on Belitung, with Indonesian airline Garuda reopening direct service from Jakarta to Tanjung Pandan, Belitung's capital. A provincial government official that month said he had no hard data on the increase in tourist arrivals as a result of the film, but said that nearly all seats on flights to the island from Jakarta were booked in the first week it was open and that most arrivals were asking about information on how to visit the film's locations.[4]



  1. ^ Local Movie to Open Jakarta Film Festival The Jakarta Globe, Lisa Siregar, June 22, 2009
  2. ^ Laskar Pelangi: The Audacity of Hope The Jakarta Post, Iwan Seti, September 7, 2008
  3. ^ Lokasi Pengambilan Gambar Laskar Pelangi Dilestarikan Republika newspaper, June 25, 2010
  4. ^ Melihat Bumi Laskar Pelangi Kompas Newspaper, June 8, 2009
  5. ^ Andrea Hirata Official website