Surat Kecil untuk Tuhan

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Surat Kecil Untuk Tuhan
Surat Kecil Untuk Tuhan.jpg
Promotional poster
Directed byHarris Nizam
Produced bySarjono Sutrisno
Written byBeby Hasibuan
StarringDinda Hauw
Alex Komang
Music byThoersi Argeswara
Distributed bySkylar Pictures
Release date
  • 7 July 2011 (2011-07-07)

Surat Kecil untuk Tuhan (phrasal translation: A Diary of Letters to God) is a 2011 Indonesian drama film. Directed by Harris Nizam and starring Dinda Hauw and Alex Komang, it follows a young girl's struggle with cancer. It was the best-selling Indonesian film of 2011.


Keke (Dinda Hauw) is a young girl with a loving father (Alex Komang) and mother, as well as loyal friends. She is diagnosed with Rhabdomyosarcoma (a cancer of connective tissues), which is unusual at her age. After undergoing twenty-five sessions of chemotherapy, the once healthy and beautiful Keke finds herself sickly and bald, with a disfigured face. Although the treatment initially works, the cancer returns a year later.

Doctors estimate that Keke has three months to live. To help her deal with her pain, she begins keeping a diary; through her writing she finds the strength to hold on for a year. As she begins to accept her fate, she writes a letter to God in her diary, asking that her family be kept safe.


  • Dinda Hauw as Keke
  • Alex Komang as the Father


Surat was based on the true story of Gita Sesa Wanda Cantika, a 15-year-old student who was diagnosed with and on 25 December 2006 died of the first reported case of Rhabdomyosarcoma in Indonesia. The story had been reported in 2009 by a pair of bloggers known as Agnes and Davonar. These blog posts were widely read and later novelised under the name Surat Kecil untuk Tuhan;[1] the novelisation sold 350,000 copies.[2][3]

Surat was the feature film debut of Dinda Hauw.[1] Most of the cast and crew were relatively unknown; Alex Komang was the main exception.[2] The film was produced by Sarjono Sutrisno, of Skylar Pictures.[3]

Release and reception[edit]

Surat was released on 7 July 2011 after a press screening on two days earlier.[3] It was the most-viewed Indonesian film of the year, seen by more than 750,000 people.[a][5] This was down from previous years.[5]

Indah Setiawati, writing for The Jakarta Post, described Surat as a "heartwarming movie about spirit, family and friendship" that would make audiences cry, despite some technical deficiencies.[1]


Surat was nominated for three Citra Awards at the 2011 Indonesian Film Festival. It did not win any.[6] At the 2012 Indonesian Movie Awards, the film won Best Newcomer for Dinda Hauw.[7]

Award Year Category Recipient Result
Indonesian Film Festival 2011 Best Leading Actor Alex Komang Nominated
Best Leading Actress Dinda Hauw Nominated
Best Musical Direction Thoersi Argeswara Nominated
Indonesian Movie Awards 2012 Best Newcomer Dinda Hauw Won


  1. ^ In the 2000s religious-themed films generally performed well; the Islamic-themed films Ayat-Ayat Cinta (The Verses of Love; 2007) and Ketika Cinta Bertasbih (When Love Prays; 2009) were seen by more than 3 million viewers.[4]


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  • "Penghargaan Surat Kecil untuk Tuhan" [Awards for Surat Kecil untuk Tuhan]. (in Indonesian). Jakarta: Konfiden Foundation. Archived from the original on 8 June 2012. Retrieved 8 June 2012.
  • Setiawati, Indah (3 July 2011). "You've God mailed". The Jakarta Post. Archived from the original on 8 June 2012. Retrieved 8 June 2012.
  • "Religious Films Pull in Big Bucks in Indonesia". Jakarta Globe. 19 July 2011. Archived from the original on 8 June 2012. Retrieved 8 June 2012.
  • Tresnawati (31 May 2012). "Lovely Man Berkibar di Indonesia Movie Awards 2012" [Lovely Man Shines at the Indonesia Movie Awards 2012]. Suara Merdeka. Archived from the original on 8 June 2012. Retrieved 8 June 2012.
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  • Yudono, Jodhi (8 July 2011). "'Surat Kecil', Perjuangan Melawan Kanker" ['Surat Kecil', Struggle against Cancer]. Kompas (in Indonesian). Archived from the original on 8 June 2012. Retrieved 8 June 2012.

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