It is hard to deny that people with disabilities are often placed as “second-class citizens” in this country. Almost all aspects are not friendly to people with disabilities. This is what ultimately makes it difficult for them to expand their living space. In fact, as an inseparable component of a country, people with disabilities have the same rights as other communities, including in enjoying cinema.
Taking into account the importance of increasing the sensitivity of the community towards people with disabilities, Festival Film Dokumenter (FFD) launched “The Feelings of Reality” program on Sunday, December 9, 2018 in the Societet Militier Taman Budaya Yogyakarta. In collaboration with VOICE GLOBAL, this program intends to expand the influence of films that voice disability issues by showing documentaries based on Virtual Reality (VR). This new medium was chosen because of its ability to display reality that is closer to the audience.
Starts with the screening about children with disabilities involved in an Olympics, titled SOIna – Spesial Olimpiade Indonesia (2008). Then it continued with a joint discussion with ALTERAKSI facilitated by Rival Ahmad and Ardi Yunanto. The discussion conducted in both directions. Participants in the discussion who were people with disabilities and non-disabled merged into one, expressing their respective concerns about disability issues. Through collaboration with ALTERAKSI, FFD tries to learn directly from our disabled friends about issues that are important to explore through documentary films.
“The Feelings of Reality” program will last for three years, from 2018 to 2020. Outside the screening, the program will be conducted in the form of workshops and VR-based documentary film production. In addition, there will be open calls for filmmakers in Indonesia, with four main focus: DKI Jakarta, West Java, Central Java and West Nusa Tenggara. Plus, distribution and exhibition of eight VR-based documentary films that will be produced in schools and communities.
With this program conducted, FFD expects an increase in awareness of disability issues through watching experiences that bring new realities and changes in people’s perspectives on disability issues. Even broader, FFD will also collaborate with friends from Braille’iant to hold a Whisper Cinema. All of our efforts are done to create more emancipatory cinema spaces and reach even more aspects.