Ruma Maida (released internationally as Maida's House) is a 2009
Indonesian film written by Ayu Utami (pictured), directed by Teddy
Soeriaatmadja and starring Atiqah Hasiholan, Yama Carlos, Nino
Fernandez, and Frans Tumbuan. It follows a woman's struggle to save an
historic house from a developer, while showing the life of the house's
original owner. Work on the film began in 2008, when Utami was
approached by Lamp Pictures and asked to write a script with nationalist
themes. Over six months, with input from Soeriaatmadja, she completed
the story and later wrote a song for the soundtrack, which was provided
by Naif. Shooting took place in Semarang, Central Java, and Kota,
Jakarta, and different visual styles were used for scenes in the past
and present. After three months of editing, the film premiered on the
anniversary of the 1928 Youth Pledge. It was later shown in film
festivals in Singapore, Australia, and Italy. Critical reception was
mixed; reviewers praised the visuals but disapproved of the plot and
dialogue. Ruma Maida was nominated for twelve Citra Awards at the 2009
Indonesian Film Festival, winning one.
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Beijing was officially designated the capital of the Ming
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government, was completed.
Māori chiefs signed the Declaration of the Independence of New
Zealand and established the United Tribes of New Zealand.
The Nōbi Earthquake, Japan's largest known inland earthquake,
struck the former provinces of Mino and Owari.
The U.S. Congress passed the Volstead Act over President
Woodrow Wilson's veto, reinforcing Prohibition in the United States.
The detonation of a car bomb by an unidentified party in
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