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Jakarta Post

Greater Jakarta: Kineforum screens films on 1965 tragedy

  • The Jakarta Post

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, October 9, 2015   /  03:46 pm

In commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the 1965 communist purge, the Jakarta Art Council'€™s (DKJ) Kineforum will screen 30 films, themed '€œMemori dan Suara yang Terpinggirkan'€ (Memories and Marginalized Voices), throughout October.

The feature films include Garin Nugroho'€™s Puisi Tak Terkuburkan (Unburiable Poetry), Riri Riza'€™s Gie, Ifa Isfansyah'€™s Sang Penari (The Dancer), Andre Vitchek'€™s Terlena: Breaking of a Nation, Robert Lemelson'€™s 40 Years of Silence: Indonesian Tragedy, Maj Wechselmann'€™s The Women and the Generals and Joshua Oppenheimer'€™s The Act of Killing and The Look of Silence.

Other films to be screened include compilations of short movies, including Hafiz Rancajale'€™s Menggali Buaya (Digging the Crocodile), Andrew Dananjaya'€™s R.I. and Lexy Junior Rambadeta'€™s Mass Grave.

'€œWe created the program to help the public understand how the human rights tragedy occurred in 1965,'€ Kineforum manager Alexander Matius said in a press release made available to The Jakarta Post on Thursday.

He hoped the program would trigger discussion on the tragedy, an event rarely talked about in public.

Alexander said that the program, a continuation of the #50tahun1965 program that ended in September, would focus on reconciliation.

'€œAfter the New Order collapsed, information on the discrimination and violence in 1965 to 1966 was revealed. One of the mediums used to unearth this information was film,'€ he said.

According to Alexander, a discussion of the events would be held on Oct. 24 at 5 p.m. The complete schedule can be accessed through