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Jakarta Post

Films tell the lost history of May riots

  • Ary Hermawan

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, May 17 2008   /  11:16 am

The Holocaust did happen and was historically well-documented by historians and its survivors with their published journals and testimonies. Yet, there are people -- the Iranian president is only one of them -- who believe the event was a grand hoax. History, we are thus reminded, is not always forgotten; it is sometimes denied, especially when the truth is hidden by ceaseless propaganda and buried in the bulk of bent information by those in power. An anthology of self-funded short films and one commercial film were separately screened on May 13-14 to commemorate -- as well as remind the public not to fall into a state of denial of -- two of the darkest days in the country's history that occurred on the exact same dates a decade ago. A group of filmmakers, who voluntarily worked on a project called Proyek Payung (Umbrella Project), screened 9808 -- a compil...