Garin Nugroho was born in June 1961 in Jogjakarta, Indonesia. He began making short films in 1981. He graduated from the Faculty of Law, University of Indonesia, and the Faculty of Film and TV, Jakarta Arts Institute of the Arts. He is said to be the pioneer of the revival of Indonesian cinema in the midst of the 1990 crisis, including winning 65 overseas and domestic awards, such as Cannes, Berlin, and Venice. His works extend from writing critics, feature films, short films, documentaries, dance, theater to art installations that have been exhibited at Louis Vuitton Paris to Haus der Kunst – Munich. His theatrical works have been performed on world stages from Australia to Europe. In addition to films, he has also won various prestigious cultural awards for his cultural contributions, such as The Chevalier dans L'ordre des Arts et Letters by the French Government, Stella D'Italia Cavaliere by the Italian Government, the Indonesian President's Highest Cultural Award, the Sultan of Jogja Award, Honorary award at the Singapore Film Festival, to Lifetime Achievement Award at the Bangkok International film festival.