Indonesia’s national motto is Bhinneka Tunggal Ika (Unity in Diversity). However, in real life there are debates and arguments on certain issues that could trigger conflict.
As the country’s political situation heats up as the presidential and legislative elections’ campaigns begin, the 100 Persen Manusia (100 percent Human) Film Festival – which took place from Sept. 14 to 23 – had the theme of inclusiveness, or taking a positive point of view of differences. The festival featured 87 local and international films focusing on human rights, diversity, gender and people with disabilities.
Apart from film screenings, the festival also featured different programs such as music performances, art displays, discussions and health checks. The festival took place in different venues including @america in Pacific Place Mall in South Jakarta; the Goethe-Institut Indonesia and Institut Français d’Indonésie (IFI), both in Central Jakarta.
The organizers hoped that the festival would open up visitors’ minds so as not to stigmatize people but rather appreciate and respect others despite differences. [yan]