Marah di Bumi Lambu 'Rage in Lambu Land’
An old woman displays two bullet holes in an old pair of pants and says ‘that’s where I got shot’ to the cameraman. ‘I am keeping these pants for my grandchildren so that they can see the fight I put up to defend my rights.’ In December 2011, locals of Lambu, in the Indonesian province of West Nusa Tenggara, protested the local administration’s decision to issue a permit to mine gold in the area. They wanted the permit revoked, fearing that that the mine would ruin their land and eventually their livelihoods as farmers. Protestors eventually shut down the nearby Sape Port. When crowds refused to disperse, police opened fire, killing three people. This film tells the story of how the people of Lambu have come to terms with their physical and spiritual wounds since this violent clash. It also demonstrates how land rights are also a human rights issue.The screening will be followed by a short discussion with Evi Eliyanah, doctoral researcher in Indonesian film at the ANU, and Usman Hamid, former activist and human rights expert, currently M Phil candidate in the School of International, Political & Strategic Studies, ANU.
This film is part of the Season Three Asia and the Pacific Screens: Survival Politics, sponsored by the Australian Centre on China in the World.
Directed by Hafiz Rancajale
2014, 90 mins