On The Origin Of Fear

By Bayu Prihantoro Filemon

Indonesia | In Indonesian with English subtitles | 2016 | 12 min 7 sec | PG13 (Some Coarse Language)

 

The state-funded Indonesian docudrama Treachery of the September 30th Movement/PKI depicts atrocities that were committed during an alleged Communist coup in 1965. In reality, the military exterminated hundreds of thousands of Indonesians purported to be Communist supporters, thus consolidating power for President Suharto’s New Order regime. The docudrama was commissioned in 1984 when the regime was starting to face resistance, and televised annually in Indonesia on 30 September until the end of Suharto’s regime.

On the Origin of Fear revisits this docudrama. A performer is tasked with dubbing the roles of both torturer and victim in the docudrama, thereby experiencing the terror inherent in propaganda designed to shape a nation’s conscience.

This film is also available for online viewing in Singapore, during the festival period 2-25 July 2021.

Bayu Prihantoro Filemon (b. 1985, Indonesia) is an alumnus of the 2009 Asian Film Academy at the Busan International Film Festival, and the 2014 Berlinale Talents. On the Origin of Fear is his directorial debut, and has been screened at numerous international film festivals, including the Venice International Film Festival, the Toronto International Film Festival and the Busan International Film Festival (all in 2016).

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