Umi Lestari is a writer, researcher, and teacher. She focuses on the history, the aesthetics, and the politics of Indonesian cinema and its interdisciplinary aspects. Her scholarly articles have appeared in journals such as Southeast of Now and Korea and and Asian Arts. She has received New Emerging Writers Fellowship from Southeast of Now Journal. Besides given talks as an invited speaker at film festivals and academic forums, Umi has written articles for several online magazines such as Nang and Jurnal Footage. Currently, Umi Lestari is a lecturer in Film Department, Universitas Multimedia Nusantara.