I quietly sympathize with a friend who has to teach the mandatory Pancasila course at a university. Pancasila is the state ideology comprising five sila, or pillars. Aren’t the students, self-trained to avoid uncool subjects such as ideology, rolling their eyes?
Of course, that’s the challenge. “I assigned tasks that have them show how they practice Pancasila in everyday situations,” my friend said. “I tried to make it less boring.”
An Indonesian movie, launched on the first of June, Pancasila Day, is focused on doing just that: showing how Pancasila exists in the life of an Indonesian middle-class family.
Titled Lima (Five), this is a film about Pancasila, said the producer, Lola Amaria. “Pancasila is not to be memorized, but Pancasila should be implemented in everyday life...
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