Al Harkan

A Personal Blog


In case you're wondering: Raihan Kalla is just an anagram of my full name. I make tiny 'cinematic' Stories on Instagram (check my highlights!) and curate science & short documentaries on YouTube (check my hand-picked playlists!). I'm also doing research in media studies at University of Indonesia, studying data science, and teaching myself filmmaking. Curious how these interests and hobbies will collide in the future hm.


The Great Hack Poster

The Great Hack – A Quick Thought on the Documentary

“You set out to connect people and you are refusing to acknowledge that this same technology is now driving us apart.” This quote just summed how social media has transformed from a technology to connect people into a weapon to divide society. And this movie telling the story behind it quite well.


It was Steve Jobs, I remember, who said, “Death is very likely the single best invention of Life.” It came to me lately this uneasy feeling that I’m not quite able to explain, even to myself. It’s not necessarily haunting, but it does follow me everywhere. It’s been weeks, if not months, that this feeling has been around: the thought of time when I die.

Social Inertia – on How (not) to Change

It seems that everybody nowadays wants to change something.  We can tell that by looking at growing number of startups founded, ‘innovative’ products launched, or initiatives -well, initiated. It’s like literally every day in news we hear new startups being reported, new gadgets being promoted, and new social projects being campaigned -not to mention how […]


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Paradox of Learning

The whole point of this writing is to talk about my experience when I was learning extensively about subjects I’m passionate at, while ignoring the conventional, obligatory campus’ credit system. I’m a social student, yes, but that doesn’t stop me to study computer programming, design, film theory, and variety of other subjects like astrophysics, economy, […]

Dunkerque (2017)

It was that moment, when I watched “Interstellar” for the 20th times,That I realized I didn’t just like to write or to read.More than that, I’m fascinated with stories.Tell me stories, and we are best friends.   So, this is the movie I had been waiting for more than a year, and in my case, […]

From Mars with Love – A Review

So, the other day I had an ‘assignment’ to read this quite popular book called “Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus”. It was a re-read, actually, since I’ve done reading it about two years ago but had to read it again – just because I learned nothing back at the time. The book […]