Rising from Silence

Shalahuddin Siregar
28 minutes


Silenced for more than 50 years, survivors of a tragedy are now using music to tell their stories where arts take the centre stage in nation-building and foreign diplomacy.

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Silenced for more than 50 years, a group of elderly women in Indonesia decided to share the country’s forgotten history to the young generation through singing. The women formed a choir group that sings songs written inside prisons by those who were arrested and sentenced for years without any single trial. The singing and sharing has helped them heal their trauma as well as connecting them with an eager young audience.

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Production Company
In-Docs, NHK World


Disappearing Sounds


Best Short Documentary Citra Award
Festival Film Indonesia
Best Short Documentary
Freedom Film Festival


Shalahuddin Siregar
Shalahuddin Siregar
Shalahuddin Siregar was selected as one of the participant of Doc Station Berlinale Talent 2009 and Tokyo Talent 2016. His first feature documentary project “The Land Beneath the Fog” travelledto some international film festival including Dok-Leipzig and won numerous awards, including Special Jury Prize from Dubai International Film Festival 2011. In 2013, Rolling Stones Indonesia magazine include ‘The Land Beneath the Fog’ as one of the best Indonesian films of the decade. Currently he is finishing his next documentaries: Song for My Children and A Boarding School.
Amelia Hapsari
Amelia Hapsari is the Program Director of In-Docs since 2012, where she creates groundbreaking programs that cultivate documentary talents from Indonesia and beyond, and help them achieve greater impact in the society. She is the co-creator of Dare to Dream Asia, a documentary series by emerging Asian talents that have been shown in more than 30 film festivals around the world. She is also the co-creator of Docs By The Sea, an international documentary forum that connects Southeast Asian documentary films with the international industry.
Nick Calpakdjian
Nick Calpakdjian
Nick has been based in Southeast Asia since 2010. Nick has extensive experience as an editor working on films for ABC and SBS in Australia. He has also produced Muslim Tourist for NHK World in 2016 and several documentaries for Channel News Asia in 2017. His produced-short documentary Songbird got nominated as Best Short Documentary at Festival Film Indonesia 2017. Nick has also worked in Timor Leste where he co-produced and edited Beatriz’s War (2013), which was awarded by several festivals.

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