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40 Years of Silence: An Indonesian Tragedy

40 Years of Silence: An Indonesian Tragedy

Film screening and discussion with the filmmaker, Dr. Robert Lemelson

Wednesday, February 04, 2009
12:00 PM - 2:45 PM
3534 Franz Hall
UCLA Campus
Los Angeles, CA 90095

12:00 - 1:15 PM
Film screening

1:15 - 2:50 PM
Panel discussion including the film's producer and director, Dr. Robert Lemelson

The moving feature-length documentary film is about one of the largest unknown mass-killings of the 20th century.  The film follows the compelling testimonies of four individuals and their families affected by General Suharto's bloody 1965 purge of suspected "communists" in Indonesia, where an estimated 500,000 to 1,000,000 people were secretly and systematically killed. 

Dr. Robert Lemelson, a research anthropologist at the Semel Institute of Neuroscience at UCLA, received his Ph.D. from the UCLA Department of Anthropology.  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 intends to produce based on his research in Indonesia.

Cost : Free and open to the public.


Sponsor(s): , Foundation for Psychocultural Research-UCLA and the Center for Culture, Brain, & Development