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Jakarta Post

Society without stigma

Tue, October 16, 2018   /   05:42 pm
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    Musician Adoy enters the venue for the Express to Impress performance in @america. JP/Rosa Panggabean

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    Members of the Pelita Monas Foundation – who are mostly visually impaired people – perform during Express to Impress in @america. JP/Rosa Panggabean

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    Visitors line up to watch Laut Bercerita (The Sea Speaks His Name) a movie about the kidnapping of university students in 1998 in @america. JP/Rosa Panggabean

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    Visitors join in the discussion during the 100 Persen Manusia (100 percent Human) Film Festival at the Institut Français d’Indonésie (IFI). JP/Rosa Panggabean

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    The silhouette of Magdalena Sitorus, National Commission on Violence Against Women (Komnas Perempuan) commissioner can be seen during the opening of the festival. JP/Rosa Panggabean

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    A member of the Pelita Monas Foundation gets ready to perform during Express to Impress in @america. JP/Rosa Panggabean

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    Pelita Monas Foundation members – who are mostly visually impaired – perform an Acehnese Saman dance. JP/Rosa Panggabean

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    Musicians Donita and Adoy perform during Express to Impress. JP/Rosa Panggabean

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    An art installation titled “Rupa Manungsa” (Human Face) is displayed at the IFI during the festival. JP/Rosa Panggabean

Rosa Panggabean

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]