Human Face of Indonesia, The


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1984, Total Running Time 130 Minutes (5 Episodes x 26 Minutes)

Indonesia is among Australia’s closest neighbours - less than 500 kilometres separates our northern coastline from the island of Timor. It is one of the world’s most populous countries and over 80 percent of its people are Muslim. The military plays a significant role in politics in Indonesia and at the time of filming, the government was headed by President Suharto, an army general. This series looks at the lives of seven very different people, all Indonesian. Through these individuals, we gain contrasting perspectives on Indonesia which contribute to our understanding of this nation’s complex character.

Journey to a New Life “Transmigrasi” or the transmigration program is aimed at moving vast numbers of people from Java to less populated and fairly remote areas of Indonesia such as southeast Kalimantan and Irian Jaya.

But I'll Always Continue to Write A photojournalist from the Jakarta Post attempts to bring the plight of low income groups to the notice of readers.

Helping the People to Help Themselves A look at the work of Dr Billy Singa and Dr Budi Rahaya, two doctors serving in the province of Nusa Tengarra Timur.

We Are Nothing Without the People Follows the administrators of one of Indonesia’s poorest provinces Nusa Tengarra Timur as they travel through this far-flung region performing their day-to-day duties.

Master of the Shadows The story of Dalang Made Sija, a widower with six children, who is dedicated to keeping alive his ancient Hindu religion and culture through traditional shadow puppetry, in the face of increasing Western influences.

A Film Australia Production. © 2011 National Film and Sound Archive of Australia.


Writers/Directors: David Roberts, David Haythornthwaite, John Darling

Year: 1984

Running Time: 130 Minutes (5 x 26 Minutes)

Classification: Exempt from classification

Curriculum Links: Asian Studies; Cultural Studies; HSIE/SOSE - Traditions, Belief Systems & Practices; Studies of Religion; Performance Studies; Politics; Puppetry; International Studies.


Our Asian Neighbours - Indonesia

Asian Insight: Indonesia - Unity in Diversity

East Timor – Birth of a Nation

Land of the Morning Star



SKU 198390900
Brand Film Australia

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