Riri Riza

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Riri Riza
Riri riza scroundbites 2007.jpg
Riri Riza in 2007
Born Mohammad Rivai Riza
(1970-10-02) October 2, 1970 (age 47)
Nationality Indonesian
Other names Riri Riza
Occupation Director, producer, screenwriter
Notable work
Children 2

Mohammad Rivai Riza (born October 2, 1970), better known as Riri Riza, is an Indonesian film director, producer and writer. He is notable for his directorial work on Petualangan Sherina (Sherina's Adventure; 2000), Gie (2005), Laskar Pelangi (The Rainbow Troop; 2008), and Ada Apa Dengan Cinta? 2 (What's Up with Love? 2; 2016). He is also known for his creative partnership with Indonesian producer Mira Lesmana, with whom he manages the film production company, Miles Films.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Riri Riza was born in Makassar on 2 October 1970, he moved to Jakarta in 1979, where he conducted his secondary education at LabSchool UNJ.[2]

In 1993, Riza graduated from the Jakarta Arts Institute, where he majored in Film Directing.[2][3] A talented student, his thesis film, Sonata Kampung Bata (Sonata of the Brick Village), placed third at the 1994 Oberhausen short film festival.[4]


In 1995, Riza directed two episodes in the documentary series, Anak Seribu Pulau (Children of the Thousand Islands).[5]

He directed his first feature film, Kuldesak, in 1998, collaborating with Mira Lesmana, Nan Triveni Achnas and Rizal Mantovani. His solo feature film debut, Petualangan Sherina (Sherina's Adventure) in 2000, established him as a director.

Together with Mira Lesmana, Riza has also become a film producer, their Ada Apa dengan Cinta? (What's Up With Love?), directed by Rudy Soedjarwo, had two million viewers in 2002, Indonesian cinema's biggest box-office draw.

Riza studied screenwriting in England, and then wrote his first screenplay Eliana, Eliana.

His other films include Gie, Untuk Rena (For Rena), and 3 Hari Untuk Selamanya (Three Days to Forever).


  1. ^ "20 Tahun Bersama, Riri Riza - Mira Lesmana Punya Kesamaan Selera". bintang.com. Retrieved 2017-03-27. 
  2. ^ a b "Riri Riza - Indonesian Filmcenter". www.indonesianfilmcenter.com. Retrieved 2017-03-29. 
  3. ^ TokohIndonesia.com. "Biografi Riri Riza - Foto, Video, Riwayat Hidup - Ikut Memajukan Perfilman Indonesia - Selebriti - Biografi Tokoh Indonesia". www.tokohindonesia.com. Retrieved 2017-03-29. 
  4. ^ "Riri Riza | Miles Films". milesfilms.net. Retrieved 2017-03-29. 
  5. ^ "Anak Seribu Pulau | Miles Films". milesfilms.net (in Indonesian). Retrieved 2017-04-20. 

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