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‘A Daughter’s Memory’: A voice for the forgotten

Katrin Figge

The Jakarta Post

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Berlin, Germany  /  Fri, November 1, 2019  /  03:07 pm
‘A Daughter’s Memory’: A voice for the forgotten

Award-winning: Kartika Pratiwi's animation "A Daughter’s Memory" sheds more light on the events of 1965. (Courtesy of Kartika Pratiwi/-)

After Kartika Pratiwi first read Pramoedya Ananta Toer’s literary tetralogy, she was left with many questions and deep curiosity – in particular, she wanted to find out more about Indonesia’s history, the part that had been conveniently left out during her own education.  With a master’s degree in humanities from Sanata Dharma University in Yogyakarta, Tika, as she is better known, began working as an independent researcher with a focus on the narrative discourse of the 1965 tragedy, which is perhaps the darkest chapter in the country’s history. In 2008, she founded Kotakhitam Forum. “It is an independent organization that is dedicated to conducting research, workshops and making documentaries for social and political change, with the idea of recording the accounts of witnesses and survivors of the mass killings,” Tika said. She bec...