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Dian Sastrowardoyo


Diandra Paramitha Sastrowardoyo, more popularly known as Dian Sastrowardoyo or Dian Paramita Sastro, is an Indonesian model and actress who rose to fame when she became the cover girl of teen magazine "Gadis" in 1996.

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She played the role of Daya, the protagonist in "Pasir Berbisik" (Whispering Sand) in 2001. She had her big screen debut with a starring role in the box office hit "Ada Apa Dengan Cinta" (What's Up With Love?). Since then she has established herself as one of Indonesia's most bankable actresses, starring in films such as "Banyu Biru," "Ungu Violet" and "Belahan Jiwa" as well as foreign movies such as "Puteri Gunung Ledang," which was produced in Malaysia.

To be able to study abroad in a profound academic environment is still my life long dream until this day. But until that opportunity comes, I am helping to make the academic dream of some girls come true. This year I’m starting a pool of fund from a percentage of my own personal income to finance a higher education for particularly girls from a low economic background. I worked with Hoshizora foundation to carefully select 5 to 10 academically accomplished girls from Bantul and Gunung Kidul, Yogyakarta. It’s really moving to interview them each one by one and felt the genuine passion to learn and to elevate their economic status by being educated. There is this one girl Rohimah- a daughter of angkringan–nasi kucing seller in Bantul-who dream about being a doctor. I pledged my self in helping making these girls’ dream come true, and imagining how many other lives that they would be able change after they are spawn into newly financially independent beings. I named this fund “Beasiswa Dian Sastrowardoyo” or Dian Sastrowardoyo Scholarship and plan to continue funding young girls to higher education in the hope to change their economic background. Why girls? Because I agree with Queen Rania of Jordan’s quote: that ‘to educate women, is to educate the future’. Indonesia now is facing the utmost challenge to make it self ready to compete for the global economy. Indonesia lacks high skilled worker, and infrastructure. We are walking when we are supposed to be running in terms of ‘upgrading’ our human resource competencies. Future Indonesians are facing heavier challenges compared to what we are facing right now. I believe in order to invest effectively to the human resources in a nation, is through its young girls.., future mothers. I know that smart mothers will breed smart children. Dedicated and driven mothers will breed even more dedicated and even more driven children. I personally believe that education is the answer to poverty. And by empowering the women we are investing in our future. #britcham
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In 2010, Ms. Sastrowardoyo starred in "Fana: The Forbidden Love," produced by Turkish film company Dalton Alka Cinema. Another recent film was "Cintaku Di Kabut Toba" (Love in Fog Toba) directed by Chaerul Umam. In this film, she worked for the fourth time with actor Nicholas Saputra after they scored a huge success in "Ada Apa Dengan Cinta," "3 Doa 3 Cinta" and "Drupadi."

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