Human Rights Day 2014: Screening Silence in Yogyakarta

by EM News December 17, 2014
To mark Human Rights Day 2014, we collaborated with local partners to screen Oppenheimer's 'The Look of Silence' in Yogyakarta, Indonesia.

On 9 and 10 December 2014, we collaborated with Rumah Poros, Kotakhitam and Sekolah Tinggi Pembangunan Masyarakat Desa (APMD College) to screen 'The Look of Silence' in Yogyakarta to some of survivors of the past anti-communist purge and students from several universities.

The event itself was part of a nation-wide campaign to encourage the public to remember what actually happened during the transition period from the Old Order government under President Sukarno to the New Order government under General Suharto, 1965-1966. In some venues however, screenings were reportedly disrupted or stopped by military personnel.

The award-winning 'Silence', along with 'The Act of Killing' by Joshua Oppenheimer highlight the 1965-1966 anti-communist massacre that took an estimated half a million innocent lives.