For the first time in Indonesia’s democratic history, the country has elected a President who is not from the military or political elite. Joko Widodo was declared the winner, but the loser Prabowo Subianto is still contesting the final count. Jokowi as he is affectionately known, secured 53 percent of the vote-- 8 million more votes than his rival Prabowo Subianto. Asia Calling’s Rebecca Henschke in Jakarta reports on an electoral win many see as a turning point for the country.
American broadcast journalist Anisa Mehdi is known for her series of documentaries on the subject of religion. Among them is "Inside Mecca", a National Geographic documentary film that offers an intimate exploration of the annual Muslim pilgrimage to Mecca. The Week in Review takes the conversation with Anisa Mehdi and trace her experiences in documenting this spiritual journey and her efforts in bridging interfaith discourse. This is a report by Aziff Azuddin.
It's the time for celebration! With Raya season just around the corner, we investigate voluntary fasting with a hindu poet, explore celebrating Raya with a couple from different race and cultural backgrounds, and then scour the Ramadhan bazaars for the best-selling delicacies. Eid-Mubarak!