Asia and the Pacific Screens
Marah di Bumi Lambu 'Rage in Lambu Land’
5:30pm - 7:30pm
05 Nov 2014
The Auditorium, China in the World Building (188), Fellows Lane, ANU
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.