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#ProyektorKeliling #Hari ke 16 di Malang, 26 Mei 2014

by Yerry Nikholas Borang May 30, 2014

Proyektor Keliling sudah hampir sampai di penghujung perjalanannya. Kota Malang menjadi tempat kedua terakhir sebelum Jakarta sebagai penutup. Hari Senin 26 Mei 2014 sore hari kami tiba di kota apel Malang. Setelah beristirahat sejenak, kami meluncur ke Warung Kelir di jalan Panglima Sudirma, tempat diadakannya pemutaran film untuk melakukan persiapan. Tuan rumah pemutaran kali ini adalah Lensa Mata, sebuah komunitas anak muda pemerhati film dan masalah-masalah sosial budaya. Tempat pemutaran, Warung Kelir, merupakan warung yang juga menjadi tempat mangkal berbagai komunitas di Malang, mulai dari komunitas sastra, musik, film hingga komunitas yang lebih akademis yang sering mengadakan diskusi di tempat itu.

Film kali ini yang diputar masih bertema toleransi, ditambah film-film tentang Papua. Ditutup dengan film Payung Hitam, lebih dari 50 penonton tetap duduk di tempatnya hingga pemutaran berakhir. Diskusi yang dilakukan sesudah pemutaran berlangsung sangat hidup, banyak pertanyaan dan komentar juga berbagi pengalaman dari penonton yang sangat beragam: komikus, wartawan, mahasiswa, dosen, dan aktivis. Pemutaran kali ini mungkin merupakan yang paling bergairah tidak hanya dari segi jumlah penonton tetapi juga dari banyaknya pengunjung yang bertanya dan berpendapat.

Acara yang dimulai jam 20.00 baru berakhir pada jam 23.00. Umumnya penonton berpendapat bahwa film-film dokumenter semacam ini menjadi alternatif dari informasi yang biasa didapat dari media-media mainstream, dan gambar/video memberi kesan yang lebih kuat kepada pemirsa. Beberapa diantara penonton berharap kegiatan seperti ini lebih sering diadakan dan tidak hanya di kota tetapi juga di desa atau di komunitas yang langsung kena dampak dari kegiatan-kegiatan 'pembangunan' (Nita).

Traveling Projector #Day12 di Solo

by EM News June 11, 2014

Setelah 11 hari berkeliling Jawa Barat, Jawa Tengah dan Jogja, #ProyektorKeliling menuju ke Solo, 22 May 2014. Solo adalah kota ke 8 yang dikunjungi setelah Bandung, Majalengka, Indramayu, Cirebon, Cilacap, Purwokerto, dan Jogja. Di Solo kami diterima dengan hangat oleh Blontank, ketua komunitas Rumah Blogger Indonesia di kawasan Jajar. Pemutaran film dimulai pukul 20.00 dengan didahului oleh pertunjukan musik Keroncong oleh anak-anak muda dari komunitas lokal. Sangat menarik karena musik keroncong yang biasanya diidentikkan dengan musiknya orang-orang tua kali ini justru dimainkan dan dinyanyikan oleh para remaja.

Pemutaran kali ini mengangkat tema pluralisme dengan memutar film-film pendek hasil kompetisi video pluralisme yang diselenggarakan oleh EngageMedia pada tahun 2012 bertajuk 'Bhineka Tinggal Duka'. Film buatan Acong, seorang remaja di Cilacap yang menceritakan kehidupannya sebagai seorang muslim keturunan Tionghoa membuka acara dilanjutkan dengan 4 film pendek lain bertema sama, yaitu Paraliyan, Seragam yang Tidak Melindungi, Papua Calling, Sehari bersama Pasangan Bahagia. Selesai 5 film pendek pluralisme diputar, kami kemudian memutar film 'Payung Hitam' yang bercerita tentang aksi dua orang perempuan yang menuntuk hak mereka; yang pertama atas tanah dan yang kedua atas keadilan untuk anaknya yang terbunuh pada masa-masa Reformasi 1998.

Semakin malam semakin banyak yang hadir karena memang begitulah menurut Blontank mengenai tempat berkumpul komunitas Rumah Blogger Indonesia itu. Sambil menyeruput wedang jahe atau teh hangat, penonton yang sebagian besar anak muda itu menyimak film-film yang diputar. Dalam diskusi sesudahnya, seorang anak muda bertanya tentang hasil dari Aksi Kamisan yang dilakukan oleh Ibu Sumarsih dalam film Payung Hitam tersebut, apakah ada tanggapan dari Pemerintah. Dhyta Caturani, 'petugas' Proyektor Keliling EngageMedia kali ini yang juga seorang aktivis 98 menjelaskan bahwa Aksi Kamisan yang ke 224 itu belum mendapat tanggapan dan ibu Sumarsih beserta para aktivis akan terus melakukannya setiap minggu hingga tuntutan mereka terpenuhi. Pemutaran film-film dokumenter pendek ini menarik menurut seorang penonton yang lebih senior karena memberi inspirasi bagi anak-anak muda untuk lebih menggalang solidaritas dan mencoba melakukan perubahan. Hari semakin malam dan #ProyektorKeliling pun pamit untuk beristirahat dan melanjutkan perjalanan ke Surabaya.  (Nita)

 

Traveling Projector in Malang

by EM News May 30, 2014
A report on one of the stops on the Traveling Projector tour, where we visit 11 cities in Java with videos on pluralism, migrant workers, corruption, and West Papua.

Traveling Projector has almost reached the end of its journey. Malang was the second last city before we closed the tour in Jakarta.

We arrived in Malang on in the afternoon of 26 May. We then drove to the screening venue, Warung Kelir (Colour Cafe), a cafe where people from literature, film, music, and academia circles hang out. The host of the event this time was Lensa Mata, a community of young people who are interested in films and socio-cultural issues.

The playlist for Malang was still focused on issues of tolerance, plus films on West Papua. After 'The Black Umbrella' closed the screening, more than 50 spectators were still present. The discussion held afterwards was lively and vibrant, with many questions, comments, and sharing of experiences from a diverse audience of artists, journalists, students, lecturers, and activists. This screening was perhaps the most engaging one so far, not only in terms of the number of viewers but also with regards to the discussion.

Traveling Projector in Malang

The audience found that such documentary films can be alternatives to information that's usually obtained from the mainstream media, and that image and video gives makes a  stronger impression on viewers. Some of the audience hope that events like this should be held more often not only in the cities, but also in villages or in communities who are directly affected by the issues highlighted in the films.

#Proyektor Keliling #Hari14 di Surabaya

by Yerry Nikholas Borang May 30, 2014

Proyektor Keliling sampai di Surabaya pada Jumat tengah malam tanggal 23 Mei 2014. Esoknya jam 11 kami menuju markas C2O, sebuah perpustakaan dan tempat berkumpul komunitas anak muda yang punya kepedulian terhadap lingkungan dan warisan budaya kotanya. Kami berbincang dan berbagi pengalaman tentang manajemen organisasi dengan 13 orang dari 4 komunitas/organisasi.

Malamnya di ruang terbuka di halaman perpustakaan C2O, pemutaran film dilaksanakan. Tepat jam 19.00 acara di dibuka oleh Erlin Guntoro dari C2O dan dilanjutkan dengan pengantar singkat oleh Dhyta Caturani dari EngageMedia tentang Proyektor Keliling dan tema film-film yang akan diputar malam itu. Hampir sama dengan di Solo, pemutaran kali ini mengangkat tema toleransi dan HAM. Film buatan Acong, "Aku Indonesia" yang berkisah tentang kehidupan seorang remaja di Cilacap keturunan Tionghoa lagi-lagi membuka acara, dilanjutkan dengan 4 film lain yaitu Paraliyan, Seragam yang Tidak Melindungi, di Bangku Taman, dan Payung Hitam. Baru sekitar 10 menit film diputar, gerimis turun. Cepat-cepat tikar digulung dan proyektor diangkut ke dalam ruangan. Jadilah pemutaran film dilakukan di dalam ruangan perpustakaan diantara rak dan buku-buku. Suasan di ruangan 4x4 terasa sedikit sesak, namun sekitar 20 penonton yang duduk santai di atas karpet tidak beranjak hingga diskusi selesai.

Pemutaran film di Surabaya kami adakan 2 kali berturut-turut Sabtu dan Minggu, 24 dan 25 Mei 2014. Malam kedua cuaca terang dan kami menonton di pekarangan belakang kantor/perpustakaan C2O. Malam kedua ini film yang diputar bertema Papua. Empat film pendek cerita-cerita tentang Papua diputar, yaitu Pemburu terakhir Harapan Anak Cendrawasih, Ironic Survival dan Surat Cinta kepada Sang Prada dan ditutup dengan film "R.I" yang bercerita tentang orang-orang Indonesia di pengasingan yang membuka restoran Indonesia di Paris.

Penonton yang kebanyakan anak muda banyak bertanya tentang Reformasi yang ditunjukkan di dalam film Payung Hitam, juga tentang apakah para aktivis baik dari EngageMedia maupun yang lain merasa "capai" mempromosikan HAM dan demokrasi. Ada seorang penonton yang kelihatan pesimis dengan situasi saat ini namun dari diskusi, semua orang tampaknya setuju jika kita harus terus memperjuangkan keadilan bagi sesama. (Nita)

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Semua video tentang toleransi bisa dilihat dan diunduh di http://www.engagemedia.org/Projects/bhinneka-tinggal-duka dan tentang Papua di http://www.engagemedia.org/Projects/papuanvoices.

Traveling Projector in Solo

by Yerry Nikholas Borang June 11, 2014
A report on one of the stops on the Traveling Projector tour, where we visit 11 cities in Java with videos on pluralism, migrant workers, corruption, and West Papua.

On 22nd May 2014 and after 11 days of touring around Java, Traveling Projector headed to Solo. There, we were warmly welcomed by Blontank Poer, the founder of Indonesia Blogger Home community. The screening that night was opened by a Keroncong music performance, which was very interesting because the genre is often considered as 'something for old folks', but in this community it was played by young people.

The theme of this screening was pluralism, showing short films from a video competition organized by EngageMedia in 2012 titled 'Bhinekka Tinggal Duka?'. The films began with one made by Acong, a teenager in Cilacap who talks about his life as a Chinese Muslim. It was followed by four other short films, namely, Paraliyan, Uniforms Don't Protect Diversity, Papua Calling, and One Day with a Happy Couple.

We closed with a film titled 'Black Umbrella', which portrays the stories of two women who demand their rights; The first for her land and the second for justice for her son who was killed in the 1998 Reformation struggle.

More people turned up as the night went on as people usually hang out at the venue until very late at night. Sipping warm ginger drinks and tea, the audience who were mostly young people participated actively in the discussion afterwards.

Traveling Projector in SoloOne attendee asked about the result of the action performed by Mrs. Sumarsih in The Black Umbrella film, whether there was a response from the Government or not. EngageMedia's Dhyta Chaturani, who is an activist from the '98 Reformation movement explained that the 224 actions have not been responsed to and that Mrs. Sumarsih together with other activists will continue to act every week until their demands are fulfilled. According to a more senior viewer who was present, these short documentary films are inspiration for young people to gain solidarity and try to make social change.

Traveling Projector in Surabaya

by Yerry Nikholas Borang May 30, 2014
A report on one of the stops on the Traveling Projector tour, where we visit 11 cities in Java with videos on pluralism, migrant workers, corruption, and West Papua.

Traveling Projector arrived in Surabaya at midnight on Friday, 23 May 2014. The next morning, we headed to C2O, a library and community space for young people who are concerned about the cultural heritage of the city.

Traveling Projector in Surabaya

We held our first Surabaya screening later in the evening in the open space of the C2O library courtyard. The event was opened by Erlin Guntoro of C2O and followed by Dhyta Caturani of EngageMedia who brieifly explained the 'Traveling Projector' theme.

Similar to what we did in Solo, the films we screened were focused more on tolerance and human rights. After only about 10 minutes through watching the videos, rain began to fall. We quickly rolled up the mats and moved the projector inside the library. The room of 4x4 metres felt a little cramped, but at least 20 spectators stayed until the end of the discussion.

On the second night the weather was bright and we were able to host the show at the C2O library backyard. The theme of the screening this time was West Papua. Four short films about the stories of everyday lives of the West Papuans were presented. The screening was closed with a longer video titled 'R.I', which tells the story of Indonesian political exiles who opened an Indonesian restaurant in Paris.

Traveling Projector in Surabaya

The spectators who were mostly young people asked us about activism in the Reformation era that was portrayed in one of the films, Black Umbrella. They also asked whether activists, either from EngageMedia or other groups, feel tired of promoting human rights and democracy. One of the participants seemed especially pessimistic about the current political situation, but we did all agree that we have to continue to fight for justice for everyone regardless.

Traveling Projector Reaches Yogyakarta!

by Yerry Nikholas Borang May 26, 2014
We stopped by in Yogyakarta for screenings over two days and had an office warming party!

We finally arrived in Yogyakarta, where we spent two days screening dozens of human rights and environmental videos. Yogyakarta is located near Mount Merapi, a famous active volcano, and is also known for her modest and historic old city since here we will find the last of Javanese Kingdoms, Mataram.

On the first afternoon we held a screening at building of the The Indonesian Visual Art Archive (IVAA).

And on the second day, we screened films in our office warming event in Pakualaman, Yogyakarta, which we relocated to last month from Jakarta. This screening was held in conjunction with the Documentary Film Festival (FFD).

We would like to thank all of our friends, old and new, in Yogyakarta who came to share the night with us!

Travelling Projector Bandung: Film, the Foundation for Sharing

by EM News February 05, 2016
“I'm not an activist, but after watching the film about Sumarsih, a mother who lost her son during the turmoil after Reformasi on May 1998, I felt really moved,” said a female student in tears. That's one of the reactions we got from the Traveling Projector tour's first screening in Parahyangan University, Bandung.

At the first stop of the Traveling Projector tour, Bandung, EngageMedia screened 10 films to an audience of 25 people. This activity was conducted with help from SorgeMag, a youth magazine in Bandung.

The most interesting part of this screening was that we went deeper into the issues highlighted in the films during discussion. Most of the audience focused on how the May 1998 tragedy happened and the state of Chinese minorities in Indonesia. As one of the students present put it, "I loved the part in 'Aku Indonesia' when the character said "I am of Chinese descent but I'm an Indonesian." He explained that as a child he developed a stereotype about the Chinese based on what he learned from his family. But as he grew up and made many of his Chinese friends, that stereotype slowly faded away.

Wanggi, a pantomime artist who was present said that, "The films I watched can become supplements for an artist. We still feel all of that discrimination. Today, I was performing my art on the issue of 'Indonesia: Sexual Crime Emergency', and I kicked by the police. These films can help me give some courage."

One student from the Kayak Dayak tribe of West Borneo told us that his father who had formerly joined a Nationalist-Leftist party, Partindo, in 1960s was socially stigmatized by the New Order regime, and that his family suffered because of this stigma.

The discussion then went on to how easily people "forget" all the human rights violations that have been made by the former military dictatorship in Indonesia. Even to remember those things, it seems that we need a lot of effort and struggle. One of the attendees suggested that EngageMedia should try to broaden its audience so it can reach more of younger generation.

And why must we remember the history of human rights violations from the past? Dhyta Caturani, an EngageMedia staff and anchor of the tour, told the audience that she frequently visits the victims of human rights violation. She did it for herself. By remembering those victims we help to ease the burdens of the survivors of those violations. She continued to mention that film also has the ability to ease the pain and to build empathy, then solidarity. Films enable us to join the struggle and move together to build a better future.

By Ade Aryana Uli Pandjaitan, EngageMedia

Papuan Voices dan Konferensi Nasional VI Jaringan Antar Iman

by Yerry Nikholas Borang June 30, 2014
Video-video Papuan Voices ditayangkan dalam kegiatan yang berlangsung di Jayapura 19-23 Mei 2014.

Papuan Voices dan Konferensi Nasional VI Jaringan Antar Iman

Koordinator Jaringan Antar-Iman Indonesia, Elga Sarapung dari Interfidei mengatakan, Konferensi Nasional VI Jaringan Antar Iman Indonesia (JAII), di Sentani, Jayapura, kali ini bisa terselenggara atas kerja sama Forum Konsultasi Para Pemimpin Agama (FKKPA) di Tanah Papua dengan Institut Dialog Antariman di Indonesia. Memilih Papua sebagai lokasi kegiatan dengan tujuan mendukung berbagai upaya agama-agama di Papua dalam rangka membangun Papua Tanah Damai."

Hal tersebut sesuai visi dan misi JAII, yaitu 'agama-agama untuk keadilan dan perdamaian'Tema konferensi : Membangun, Merawat dan Memperkokoh Peradaban Luhur Bangsa dengan Dialog Transformatif. Adapun sub temanya : Tantangan Konkret menuju Keadilan, Kebenaran, Kesetaraan, Perdamaian bagi Seluruh Rakyat-Suku Bangsa Indonesia.

Film-film Papuan Voices diantaranya Papua Calling, Mama Kasmira, Harapan Anak Cenderawasih, di putar saat Konferensi ini berlangsung, tujuannya agar supaya peserta Konferensi yang datang dari Aceh sampai Ambon ini mengenal Papua lebih dekat. Situasi sunyi ketika film Papua Calling ditayangkan, karena seluruh peserta yang datang dari seluruh Indonesia ini, kaget ketika melihat seorang Ustad Adnan Yelipele, SHI, yang berkulit hitam ini mengumandangkan azan di dalam film ini. Pdt.Jacky Manuputty dari Ambon mengatakan, ini “film yang sangat bagus karena walaupun muslim asli Papua, hanya 10% saja di Papua, tetapi mereka juga mempunyai hak yang sama untuk menyuarakan ketidakadilan yang terjadi di Papua”.

Setelah film tersebut para peserta kemudian mendengarkan beberapa materi dari Dr. Adriana Elisabeth peneliti Senior LIPI juga salah seorang penulis buku Papua Road Map, mendukung dialog Jakarta-Papua sebagai pendekatan penyelesaian masalah di Papua,dirinya berharap pemimpin Indonesia yang akan datang memberikan perhatian yang lebih seirus untuk membangun kepercayaan dan membuka ruang komunikasi diantara pemerintah dan masyarakat di Papua, termasuk masalah politik di Papua yaitu masalah pelurusan sejarah. Kasdam XVII Cenderawasih Brigjen TNI H Siburian, menanggapi paparan dari Dr.Adriana Elisabeth yang menyatakan perlu dilakukan dialog untuk menyelesaikan masalah di Papua.

“Dialog dalam konteks politik sudah terlambat,” katanya.Kasdam juga mengatakan bahwa masalah di Papua adalah masalah kesejahteraan. Sehingga dialog dalam konteks kesejahteraan. Lanjutnya. Saya sebagai militer tidak mau bicara karena akan diplintir dalam konteks yang tadi”.

Prof.Dr.Azyumardi Azra, seorang cendikiawan muslim, Prof Azyumardi Azra pun menambahkan bahwa ketika memperjuangkan dialog diperlukan terobosan dan pemerintah mesti punya nyali. “Kalau formalitas maka tidak mungkin. Aceh melalui terobosan juga. Saat JK menemui Hasan Tiro di satu sungai di .Swedia. Terobosan (nonformal) seperti itu yang kita cari”. Dirinya berharap terobosan akan muncul di pemerintahan yang akan datang.

Traveling Projector in Purwokerto

by EM News May 26, 2014
A report on one of the stops on the Traveling Projector tour, where we visit 11 cities in Java with videos on pluralism, migrant workers, corruption, and West Papua.

We just visited the sixth city on the Traveling Projector tour, Purwokerto, which is located near the active volcano, Mount Slamet.

Our local host in Purwokerto, Gerakan Desa Membangun (GDM), is a movement working to build networks between villages. They helped us organise a screening to discuss social issues with youth from Karangnangka village.

There were many discussions after the screening ranging from what EngageMedia is, what the function of this form of video media is, and the hottest topic for the night, how to measure video impact. We reflected that it was an interesting night, as we packed up to make our way to the seventh city, Yogyakarta.