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Jakarta Post

Soeharto’s children hold screening of anti-PKI movie

  • Nurul Fitri Ramadhani

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, October 1 2018   /  01:53 am

At the end of September, every year, the country faces an almost routine debate over the screening of Pengkhianatan G30S/PKI (The Treachery of G30S/PKI), a New Order propaganda movie that was broadcast annually on state-owned television until after the fall of Soeharto in 1998.

Proponents of screening the film are either anticommunist groups or individuals who want to keep the Cold War sentiment burning or curious enthusiasts who want to learn about the controversial movie, which has been described as pro-Soeharto propaganda used to justify his take over of the country’s leadership in 1965.

Detractors usually oppose the screening because of its one-sided depiction of history and they way its blames the now-defunct Indonesian Communist Party (PKI) as being the culprit behind the political crisis of the time. In fact, the bloody incident that begun with the killings of high...