Makbul Mubarak is a film critic turned filmmaker. The 2012 Berlinale Talent Campus alum co-founded and writes for Cinema Poetica, now an acclaimed collective of film critics, journalists, academics, researchers, and activists in Indonesia. His contributions are nationally recognized when Indonesia’s Ministry of Education hailed him Best Film Critic in 2015. Makbul built a filmography of short films. His debut short film SUGIH/DOG'S LULABY (2015) won Best Film in XXI Short Film Festival 2016, the biggest festival for short films in the country. His short film THE MALEDICTION won the Indonesian National Award for Best Short Film and receives special mention at the Singapore International Film Festival, both are in 2018. AUTOBIOGRAPHY is his feature debut.
2016 – The Dog’s Lullaby - short
2017 – Malediction - short
2018 – A Plastic Cup of Tea Before Her - short
2022 - Autobiography
With his father in prison and his brother abroad for work, young Rakib works as the lone housekeeper in an empty mansion belonging to Purna, a retired general whose family Rakib’s clan have served for centuries in a rural Indonesian town. After Purna returns home to start his mayoral election campaign, Rakib bonds with the older man, who becomes a close mentor and father figure, and finds his calling as Purna’s assistant in work and life. More