Bhinneka Tinggal Duka? (Diversity Leaves Grief?) looks at the rising tide of religious intolerance in Indonesia. In 2012 EngageMedia partnered with a coalition of groups to run a film competition and produce a compilation of Creative Commons licensed videos and education materials for feminist, queer and diversity activists to use in their campaigns for greater tolerance.
The aim of the competition is to use online video technologies to develop space and tools for Indonesian people to articulate their aspirations for peace and their frustrations with violence. The winning videos will be used as tools for education, campaigning and advocacy by individuals and civil society groups working on issues of diversity and tolerance and Indonesia.
The name of the competition draws from the national motto of Indonesia, ‘Bhinneka Tunggal Ika’, an Old Javanese saying loosely translated as ‘Unity in Diversity’ and literally meaning ‘(Although) in pieces, yet One’.
EngageMedia’s competition remixes this ubiquitous motto into ‘Bhinneka Tinggal Duka?’ or ‘Diversity Leaves Grief?’ referring to the violence that has resulted from religious intolerance in Indonesia over the last decade.
Indonesian videomakers were invited to submit their short videos online. There were over AUD1000 in prizes to grab and winners were invited to a master class on video distribution in Jakarta.
Thanks to everyone who submitted their videos to the Bhinneka Tinggal Duka? competition.
Congratulations to our winner Hernaedy Sidharta for Aku Indonesia, and runners up Rikky Muhmmad for Seragam Yang Tak Melindungi Keberagaman and deBlogger for Warna-warni Itu Indah. Thanks also to our judges Aryo Danusiri, Alissa Wahid and Elly Husin.
Films can be viewed/downloaded from Cinemata.
- Download the DVD catalog – Bhinneka Tinggal Duka (pdf)
- Download the 25 minute Dispatch version for TV broadcast
- Background: Bahasa Indonesia / English
- Blog post: Awards night!
- Blog post: EngageMedia masterclass for competition finalists
- Check out the Flickr photos from the launch and masterclass
- Press coverage
If you want to get involved, download the list of organizations working on religious tolerance.