Jakarta. Short film "On the Origin of Fear" is voicing the emotional upset of the younger generation in Indonesia towards their government for restricting narrations on the 1965 communist purge tragedy in international film festivals.
Speaking in a statement released after the world premiere at the Venice Film Festival last week, director Bayu Prihantoro Filemon said this film is a result of his trauma after watching violent scenes in "Pengkhianatan G30S/PKI" ("Treachery of the PKI's September 30 Movement") as a child. During Suharto's rule, students were obliged to watch the film by Arifin C. Noer on the anniversary of the attempted coup.
"I dedicate this film to young Indonesian people. This film is about how me and my generation as we witnessed the government's version of the 1965 tragedy through a cinematic reproduction of terror and fear," he said.
Bayu hopes the Indonesian people will be able to accept alternative narrations on the tragedy, especially as composed by the young generation.
The short film follows a voice actor (Pritt Timoty) who fills in the voices for both the executioner and victim of the tragedy.
Producer Yulia Evina Bhara said the audience at the Venice premiere were curious about the film industry and democracy in Indonesia, and she is hoping for the same curiosity from the local audience in Indonesia.
"We are expecting to initiate a pleasant discussion to talk about the dark chapter in our history," she said. "This film is dedicated to the victims of the 1965 event who are still seeking for justice,"
Producer Amerta Kusuma said the film will also be screened at the Toronto International Film Festival in Canada and Busan International Film Festival in South Korea.