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Jakarta Post

Film on 'G30S/PKI' betrays humanity

London   /   Wed, October 11, 2017   /  12:29 pm
Film on 'G30S/PKI' betrays humanity A dark time -- Then Maj. Gen. Soeharto briefs members of the Army’s Special Forces (RPKAD, now Kopassus) prior to the removal of the bodies of the Army generals who were murdered during an alleged coup attempt on Sept. 30, 1965, which was blamed on the now defunct Indonesian Communist Party (PKI). As the most senior military officer available at the time, Soeharto led all the operations to restore security and impose order in the aftermath of the alleged coup attempt. (JP/30 Tahun Indonesia Merdeka)

Most Indonesians must have seen or at least heard of the film by Arifin C Noer entitled Pengkhianatan G30S/PKI (Treachery of the G30SPKI). 

After all, at the 1985 Indonesian Film Festival, this film received an award as the best-selling film of the preceding calendar year. 

This film might just become the best-selling Indonesian film ever one day, as schoolchildren as young as 10 were required to watch it despite it being full of scenes of violence and blood. 

So an award for a film that was imposed on so many people to watch? In other words, the “best-selling” status was achieved not because of its own merit, but rather because of pressure. 

In general trade law, consumers have the legal right to a refund if they have been unfairly pressured into buying a product they did not want. But ...

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