Indonesian adaptation of Pretty Little Liars tackles depression, cyberbullying

Pretty Little Liars Season 2

THE SECOND season of the Indonesian adaptation of the drama series Pretty Little Liars premieres this month on PCCW’s pan-regional OTT video streaming service Viu in its original language and a Filipino dub.

The Indonesian adaptation of the Warner Bros. series is a Viu Original production.

Its first season, which premiered in April 2020, won awards for Best Adaptation of an Existing Format at the 2020 Asian Academy Creative Awards, and Best TV Format Adaptation (Scripted) Award at the 2020 ContentAsia Awards.

Set in Amerta, Bali, the adaptation focuses on four estranged undergrads whose clique falls apart when their queen bee, Alissa, goes missing. The remaining members of the clique receive messages from a mysterious figure named “A” who threatens to expose their darkest secrets.

Directed by Emil Hiradi, the series stars Anya Geraldine (in the role of Hanna), Yuki Kato (Alissa), Shindy Huang (Aira), Caitlin Halderman (Ema), and Valerie Thomas (Sabrina).

The series tackles themes on friendship, female empowerment, body positivity, and the consequences of cyberbullying.

“When we do collaborations like these, we look forward to putting social issues in front of the audience and enabling conversations that happen around them,” Varun Mehta Country Manager of Viu Indonesia, said at an online press launch with Indonesian and Philippine media on April 7.

“There is a lot of conversation happening around [depression among young adults] as well. So, cyberbullying and bullying in school is the reason why this kind of depression creeps in, ”he said.

“The good part is people are talking about it and what we want to do is we want to continue enabling conversations around topics like this. It’s not a stigma, it’s something people can get out of, ”Mr. Mehta said.

“Through our content, we want to bring these issues out for awareness and take it further from that,” he said.

Season 2 of Pretty Little Liars is now available on Viu. Episodes dubbed in Filipino are accessible at https://www.viu.com/ott/ph/en-us/vod/432400/Pretty-Little-Liars-S2-Tagalog. The Viu app is available on the App Store and Google Play. – Michelle Anne P. Soliman

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