Filming social changes
Calls for social change have been with us over the centuries; it is seen in history’s peasant uprisings, revolutions, suffragette demonstrations and freedom marches around the globe.
Indonesia has witnessed its fair share of demands for social change, from the rise in the late 1920s calling for the yoke of Dutch domination to be lifted to the dismantling of a dictatorial regime in 1998.
Getting the message of social change out in the past was word of mouth, written in subversive pamphlets or as in Indonesia, through village wayang (puppetry performances) delivering information of a people’s revolution under the noses of the Dutch colonists.
Last week’s inaugural Global Social Change Film Festival and Institute’s (GSCFFI) event in Ubud, Bali, continued this tradition of sharing information and raising conscious, but this time through the power of film that can reach millions of people around the world.
Director and founder of this festival without borders, Cynthia Phillips, said the festival’s theme, “Global Women and Film” honored female filmmakers, such as this years GSCFFI Honoree, Indonesian film maker Nia Dinata for her films that weave their way through the censor’s office to eventually offer glimpses into the lives of women in Indonesia.