The Jakarta Post
Banned in several places in Yogyakarta and other cities, the Senyap (Look of the Silence) film directed by filmmaker Joshua Oppenheimer was screened on Monday night at the State Academy of Islamic Studies (IAIN) in Gorontalo.
Organized by IAIN's Sulampala Scout Movement, the film screening attracted dozens of spectators, including Miss Gorontalo Siti Nuzlan Rahman and student activists from the Association of Islamic Students (HMI) and the Indonesian Islamic Students Movement (PMII).
The Scout's chairman Wahyudin Alif Gobel admitted that he was once afraid that he would receive threats and intimidation due to the planned screening, which tells of the bloody tragedy in 1965 that claimed hundreds of thousands of supporters of the Indonesia Communist Party (PKI), as had happened in other cities.
'Thank God, after we explained the film and the need for the young generation to know their history, the campus allowed us to go ahead as planned,' Wahyudin said.
The film screening was the second in the city as Gorontalo's Independent Journalists Alliance screened the film at its office on Dec. 11, which was attended by people from minority groups, such as lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and members from Ahmadiyah Muslim groups.
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