"40 Years of Silence: An Indonesian Tragedy" -- Film Screening, Reception and Discussion
Co-sponsored by the Indonesian Studies Program of the Center for Southeast Asian Studies, the International Human Rights Program at UCLA School of Law, the International Institute, and the Department of History, UCLA
Saturday, April 16, 2011
7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
James Bridges Theater
Free and open to the public.
6:15 p.m. - Reception
7:00 p.m. - Film screening
8:30 p.m. - Discussion
The moving feature-length documentary film is about one of the largest but least known mass-killings of the 20th century. The film follows the compelling testimonies of four individuals and their families affected by General Suharto's bloody purge of suspected "communists" in Indonesia, where an estimated 500,000 to 1,000,000 people were systematically killed in 1965-66.For more information on the film, see www.40yearsofsilence.com.
The screening will be preceded by a public reception in the lobby of the Bridges Theater, and followed by a panel discussion with the film-maker and some of the people featured in the film.
This event is part of the UCLA International Institute Human Rights Film Series, and of the Workshop on "Legacies of Violence on Indonesia and East Timor," organized by the Indonesian Studies Program of UCLA’s Center for Southeast Asian Studies. www.international.ucla.edu/cseas/humanrights
Many thanks to the International Institute, the International Human Rights Law Program, and Indonesian Studies Program benefactor Dr. Robert Lemelson for making this event possible.
Dr. Robert Lemelson, UCLA Department of Anthropology and the Semel Institute of Neuroscience at UCLA. Specializing in Southeast-Asian studies, Dr. Lemelson has been filming on the islands of Bali and Java in Indonesia since 1997. "40 Years of Silence: An Indonesian Tragedy" is the first of a series of documentary films that he has produced based on his research in Indonesia.
Prof. Geoffrey Robinson, UCLA Department of History. His book The Dark Side of Paradise: Political Violence in Bali was published in 1995 by Cornell University Press. His book If You Leave Us Here We Will Die: How Genocide Was Stopped in East Timor was published by Princeton University Press in 2010.
Prof. John Roosa, University of British Columbia Department of History. His book Pretext for Mass Murder: The September 30th Movement and Suharto's Coup d'Etat in Indonesia was published in 2006 by University of Wisconsin Press.
Prof. Baskara T. Wardaya, Sanata Dharma University Department of History (Yogyakarta, Indonesia). His book Supersemar Revealed! From the CIA to the Creeping Coup D'etat against Bung Karno was published in 2006 by Galang Press in Jakarta.