The Rainbow Troops

The Rainbow Troops


Laskar Pelangi (The Rainbow Troops), is a film adaptation of Andrea Hirata’s literary work that first appeared on shelves in 2004, based on his childhood memories.

Set in the Sumatran island of Belitong, the film opens with the adult returning to his birthplace after a number of years away. From there it flashes back his first day at school, with two teachers — Muslimah and Harfan — who have been eagerly waiting for students to enroll at their decrepit Islamic primary school. Since the district school board had already declared that their little school must close if it didn’t meet the ten-student minimum, this particular day is obviously a nervous affair for both teachers.

Fortunately, ten students (mostly children of poor laborers) do sign up, forming a little enclave of first-graders christened with a titular moniker by Muslimah. Besides Ikal, the eclectic group comprises an assortment of characters (named by Muslimah as the rainbow troops) — mainly Lintang, a fisherman’s son who turns out to be a genius and Mahar, a musically obsessed dreamer who is never without a radio by his side. Five years pass, and the majority of the film takes place in the student’s fateful fifth grade, chronicling the ups and downs of the Rainbow Troops through the eyes of young Ikal.

The film sensitively captures the struggles of marginalized citizens to achieve their dreams, the beauty of friendship and its ability to save humanity, against the background of what was once one of Indonesia’s richest island.

Festival & Awards

  • Jakarta International Film Festival, 2008
  • Indonesian Movie Award, 2009

       Awards: Best Supporting Actor – Ario Bayu, Best New Comer Actor – Zulfani.        Best New Comer Actor – Ferdian, Most Favorite, Actor – Ikranagara, Most        Favorite Actress – Cut Mini. Most Favorite Soundtrack – ”Laskar Pelangi by        NIDJI & Most Favorite Film

  • Berlin International Film Festival, 2009
  • Asian Film Awards 2009 / Nominated for Best Film and Best Editor
  • Hong Kong International Film Festival 2009

       Awards: SIGNIS Award 2009

  • Singapore International Film Festival 2009
  • Bandung Film Festival 2009

       Awards: Win Awards for Best Film, Best Supporting Actor, Best Lead Actress,        Best Director, Best Script Writer, Best Music Score, Director of Photography,        Best Art Director & Best Editing categories.

  • 11th Udine Far East International Film Festival

       Awards: 3rd Winner of Audience Award

  • Barcelona Asian Film Festival 2009
  • Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival 2009
  • Indonesian Film Festival 2009 : Focus On Riri Riza


  • New York Asian Film Festival
  • 23rd International Children & Young Adults Film Festival in Hamedan, Iran

       Awards: Golden Butterfly award for Best Feature Film

  • Montreal World Film Festival 2009
  • Zimbabwe International Film Festival 2009
  • Festroia International Film Festival 2009 – Portugal

       Awards: Special Jury Prize | Silver Dolphin Award

  • Focus On Asia – Fukuoka International Film Festival 2009
  • Pusan International Film Festival 2009
  • Hawaii International Film Festival 2009
  • International Children’s Film Festival of Cyprus 2009
  • Festival International de Cine para la Infancia y la juventud, Madrid 2009
  • Osian’s Cinefan Festival of Asian and Arab Cinema, India 2009
  • International Children and Youth Film Festival (FICI), 2009, Madrid
  • 36th Brussels International Independent Film Festival, 2009

       Awards: Best Actress Award for Cut Mini

  • Terre Des Femmes, Germany, 2009
  • Cinepanz 20th Children Film Festival, Cologne – Germany 2009

       Awards: Best Film by Audience

  • Balinale International Film Festival 2009
  • Asia Pacific Film Festival, Taiwan 2009

       Awards: Best Picture Award

  • Indonesian Film Festival, Vancouver 2010
  • Busan International Kids Films Festival 2010, South Korea / Biki Feature Film
  • Oz Asia 2010, Adelaide, Australia
  • Southeast Asian Film Festival 2010, Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Taoyuan Film Festival 2017
  • ASEAN Film Festival 2017


Cut Mini,
Veris Yamarno,


25 September 2008

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Riri Riza