TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Director-producer-actor Tino Saroengallo passed away on Friday, July 27, at 09:10 a.m., according to a message on the Whatsapp group of journalists and the National Unity of 98 Activists (PENA 98).
“Has passed away, the director-cum-producer of documentary 'Student Movement 98 (They Forced Them to Be Violent)’ Tino Saroengallo on Friday, July 27, 2018, at 09:10 a.m. Hopefully the late dies in good and God accepts all his deeds of worship and his family will be given the strength and fortitude,” the message reads, Friday, July 27.
Tino is known to have grappled with his bladder cancer prior to his passing. Fellow artists and filmmakers had held a donation to help with his treatment since 2016. He was undergoing treatment in Singapore.
In the world of national cinema, Tino Saroengallo had been involved in various domains, as a director, producer, and actor. Among the films he was involved in encompassed "Petualangan Sherina", "Pasir Berbisik", "Arisan", "Eat", "Pintu Terlarang", and "Sang Penari".
Tino played in the movie "Night Bus" produced by Darius Sinathrya. He acted as Basir, a criminal and leader of a radical military movement in conflict-torn Aceh.
Tino Saroengallo’s began his career in journalism. In 1987, he worked as a journalist in the bi-weekly tabloid Mutiara, X'tra magazine, also Jakarta-Jakarta magazine. From writing, Tino slowly engaged in the world of audio visual on television in 1988. Tino continued to involve himself on multiple visual products, from television dramas to commercials, which later took him to the world of cinema.