Coal, Oligarchy, and the Indonesian Environment in the Documentary Film Sexy Killers

Satrya Wibawa, Agung Wardana

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In April 2019, Indonesia held a presidential election that featured a second rematch between the candidates Jokowi-Ma’ruf and Prabowo-Sandiaga Uno. Ahead of the election, the documentary film titled Sexy Killers (2019), which was directed by Dandhy Dwi Laksono and Ucok Suparta, presented the political economy of the coal mining industry in Indonesia by demonstrating the alleged ties of senior Indonesian officials, including Jokowi and Prabowo, to the country’s mining oligarchies that hold shares in coal power plant developments in Indonesia. Based on this background, this chapter features a close analysis of the film to understand how it has been used as a strategy by environmental activists to influence the election process and to include the discussion of significant environmental issues in contemporary Indonesia’s political debates.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAsia in Transition
PublisherSpringer Science and Business Media Deutschland GmbH
Number of pages15
Publication statusPublished - 2022

Publication series

NameAsia in Transition
ISSN (Print)2364-8252
ISSN (Electronic)2364-8260


  • Coal
  • Ecodocumentary
  • Environment
  • Indonesia
  • Oligarchy
  • Sexy Killers


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