Asian Unit 3
Exploring the Indonesian Mass Killings via Documentary
Name: Helen Ditouras
College: Schoolcraft College
Module Title: Exploring the Indonesian Mass Killings via Documentary
Narrative Description of the Module: This module focuses on samples of documentary film and the subsequent narratives and testimonies from those impacted by the Indonesian Mass Killings of 1965-66. The point of interest will be the way in which the genre of documentary shapes the narrative process AND problematizes the transmission/representation of the experiences and suffering of those affected by the killings.
- Explain the importance of popular culture in engaging with the global community.
- Validate the potency of popular culture as an aid in discovering, transforming, and instilling values in individuals and society.
- Demonstrate how popular culture can promote and undermine global social justice.
- Examine efforts to represent victims of genocide via narrative.
- Screenings: The Act of Killing (2012), The Look of Silence (2014)
- 40 Years of Silence (2009), Shadow Play: Indonesia’s Year of Living Dangerously (2003); Worse Than War (2009)
- Worse than War (Daniel Goldhagen)
- Regarding the Pain of Others (Susan Sontag)
- Robert Cribb 'The Indonesian Massacres', in Samuel Totten & William S Parsons (ed.), Century of Genocide (3rd ed), Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, New York, pp. 235-262.
- Reflective journal writing
- Multiple Choice quiz on the genre of documentary
- Summary and analysis of film criticism
- Anderson, Benedict, and Ruth T. McVey. A Preliminary Analysis of the October 1st, 1965 Coup in Indonesia. Equinox Publishing, 2009 (Reprint).
- Cribb, Robert 2014, 'Film review: The Act of Killing', Critical Asian Studies, vol. 46, no. 1, pp. 147-149.
- Cribb, R 2010, 'Political Genocides in Postcolonial Asia', in Donald Bloxham & A. Dirk Moses (ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Genocide Studies, Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK, pp. 445-65.
- Cribb, R 2010, Gangsters and revolutionaries of Jakarta 1945-1949 (Para jago dan kaum revolusioner Jakarta 1945-1949), Mapus Jakarta, Indonesia.
- Cribb, R & Coppel, C 2009, 'A genocide that never was: explaining the myth of anti-Chinese massacres in Indonesia, 1965-66', Journal of Genocide Research, vol. 11, no. 4, pp. 447-465.
- Cribb, R 2008, 'The Indonesian Massacres', in Samuel Totten & William S Parsons (ed.), Century of Genocide (3rd ed), Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, New York, pp. 235-262.
- Crouch, Harold. Political Reform in Indonesia after Soeharto. Singapore: Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, 2010.
- Hefner, Robert W. The Political Economy of Mountain Java. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1990.
- Kammen, Douglas, and Katharine McGregor, eds. The Contours of Mass Violence in Indonesia, 1965-68. Nias Press, 2012.
- Kollantai, Pauline. "Emotional intelligence in higher education: using art in a philosophical discussion on God, evil and suffering." Research in Education 93 (2015): 66-76. Print.
- Perera, Suvendrini. "'They Give Evidence': Bodies, Borders and the Disappeared." Social Identities 12.6 (2006): 637-56. Print.
- Rabinowitz, Paula. "Wreckage upon Wreckage: History, Documentary and the Ruins of Memory."History and Theory 32.2 (1993): 119-37. Print.
- Robinson, Geoffrey. The Dark Side of Paradise: Political Violence in Bali. Cornell University Press, 1998 (Reprint).
- Strange, Carolyn, & Cribb, Robert, 2014, 'Historical perspectives on honour, violence and emotion', in (ed.), Honour, Violence and Emotions in History, Bloomsbury, London, pp. 1-22.
- Tyson, Adam. "Genocide documentary as intervention." Journal of Genocide Research 17.2 (2015): 177-99. Print.
- Waterson, Roxana. "Trajectories of Memory: Documentary Film and the Transmission of Testimony."History and Anthropology 18.1 (2007): 51-73. Print.