Silent Song of the Genjer Flowers (1 hour, 55 minutes; written/directed/produced by Faiza Mardzoeki) is a play that has previously been performed in Jakarta in 2014 and 2016. This film is a recording of the play as performed at Goethe Haus, and includes English subtitles.
Silent Song… gives voice to some of the women that history has forgotten. It depicts the spiritual and mental struggle of five women aged between 70 and 83, all of whom spent more than 10 years in prison following the events of 1965. The women are attempting to sustain themselves in their old age while remembering their happy and proud youth and trying to overcome the burden and stigma they face as survivors of sexual violence.
The play also watches as the grand-daughter of one of these women comes to terms with what happened to her grandmother. She does this as somebody intimately connected to the older women, but also as part of a younger generation who must think about the future of her country. The experiences of her grandmother and her friends are an important part of Indonesian history, yet are rarely remembered and discussed.
Silent Song… is performed by six experienced female actresses: Pipien Putri, Niniek L. Karim, Heliana Sinaga, Ruth Marini, Irawita, and Ani Surestu.
Speakers: Faiza Mardzoeki (playwright and women’s rights activist) and Febriana Firdaus (journalist and activist). Moderator: Prodita Sabarini (journalist and activist).
A discussion focusing on the women forgotten by history. Speakers will discuss how today’s young people can learn about these women, especially the female victims and survivors of 1965, through art and media. What are the techniques and methods of historical narration and exploration that can spark thought and conversation? How can they help us come to terms with the past and re-learn our forgotten history?
Date and Time
Sun, August 13, 2017
2:00 PM – 5:30 PM WIB
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