Get Around the Displacement of Economy Social and Politic Context in Discussion

Diskusi Displacement dan Siasat

Departing from the narration on the film Jakarta Unfair (Sindy Febriyani & Dhuha Ramadhani, 2016) and Sosrokusuman (Ninndi Raras, 2016), problematic on city planning that always being an issue to lifted into the surface has been talked in the discussion titled Displacement and Stratagem on Saturday (12/10). Approaching the awarding night and closing ceremony of Festival Film Dokumenter (FFD) 15, the discussion in that day was also being the last discussion of the series of discussion that had been implemented by FFD since Thursday (12/8) in the second day of FFD 15.

In the study of eviction stratagem quibbled as restoration and relocation in Jakarta, Jakarta Unfair beautifully and straightforwardly emerging new perspective on what had been happened in there. While the mass media is only showed pieces of short stories with good image (for local government) and surely safe to be published, so Jakarta Unfair is the contrary of it. Through film, Sindy and Dhuha – as the director- had been built good arguments that criticized vertically through humanist documentation that showed. This is the same film that had been banned in the “Documentary Days” event at XXI Taman Ismail Marzuki on November, 26 with the reason of ‘safety risk’. Questioning substantial and urgent issues to be informed. Thinking on conventional and commercial media that centered in Jakarta and operating nationally is barely informing about Jakarta government failure in managing their city planning besides – once again- lifting issues that full of political intrigues with religion as the weapon that always sell well as the commercial commodity — as was widely heard lately.

Screening Film Jakarta Unfair & Sosrokusuman

There are some montages in the film that showed testimonies about Jokowi and Ahok when they yet being Governor and Deputy Governor of Jakarta that contradictory with the newest reality. Complaints and aspirations of Jakarta citizen that thrown up far away from its original place about how their new living place, though clean and tidy is not comparable to what had been removed by the government, such as: buildings, properties, memories, and works. The citizen’s dynamic was evicted after adapted in the new environment and must remain make a living, no matter what. Up to touching cuts when the citizen was celebrating their big day praying in the middle of the debris and rancidity from the trash scattered, or the simple answers from the children if the eviction is actually not like they’ve been imagined.

Approaching retro-spatially, in the city where the implementation if Festival Film Dokumenter is being held, Yogyakarta, Sosrokusuman came with the issue focused on kampung Sosrokusuman that located in the middle of Yogyakarta, where the half of it had been owned by businessmen on interest of hotel expansion and shopping mall. Restlessness about this thing is also doesn’t rule out the possibility to be perceived by the public outside of Sosrokusuman. Try to type the keyword of ‘Sosrokusuman’ in Google, and you will found the hotel names that lined magnificently in the first page. This is a contrary from the Yogyakarta’s atmosphere that embedded thickly.

Beginning from violation in the changing of public land ownership certificate ratification from the old to the new one. This film was following Mbah Ledjar and residents of Sosrokusuman in the process of prosecution of road access and public facilities restoration in their village. The series of advication and action that had been done in between of the zincs barrier of various development projects. Not seeing age, gender, and religion, they are united together fighting against injustice.

Dari kiri ke kanan Franciscus Apriwan, Octi Sundari, Sindy Febriyani, Kus Sri Antoro

Presented Kus Sri Antoro (Jogja Darurat Agraria, Researcher), Sindy Febriyani (Director of Jakarta Unfair), Octi Sundari (Editor of Jakarta Unfair) as the speakers, and Franciscus Apriwan (Discussion Program Coordinator) and the moderator. Political issues of development that told by both film above was discussed. The discussion that taken from the main program Perspective elaborated the form of ‘Displacement’. In the form of eviction and imbalance that happened after the shifting of power in the idea which covered the citizen and their city, up to the context which is happened in Yogyakarta.

Kus Sri Antoro, about why the problem of city planning in Indonesia is always happened in everywhere gave new premises in his question. Capturing the government understanding that considered the development is straight ahead with the prosperity. Eviction option is a solution, when the poor is disappeared, so poverty would be disappeared as well. absurdity that can be analogized like: “if don’t want to have concussion, so don’t own a brain.”

The government attitude like this can be seen in one of the sequence of Jakarta Unfair, where the people was forced to swerve their profession to still be able to support their family. The government looked like closing their eyes after the citizen freely given flats as their home for 3 years — and still must pay in the next month. Without any special training to empower them economically, unconsciously making the fishermen to go farming because of least debt arrears. Or perhaps relocation to the seaside, displaced from their original village to the new place with 25 km of distance, making the citizen in the end is trying to stealing chance to go to their hometown back and forth because of no works in the new place.

Sindy Febriyani in Jakarta Unfai  process in the making, departed from WatchdoC invitation – an audio visual production house – through the email, same thing was also did by WatchdoC befor making Belakang Hotel – documentary film about water crisis and land water scramble competition between residents and tourism industry after the flare of development around of settlement.

In Jakarta Unfair, she wanted to show the life dynamics of evicted people in Jakarta that they are not only ‘moving’ – like what had said in the mass media. “Through Jakarta Unfair, we want to advocate the citizen, not exploiting the evicted ones,” answer Sindy on one of the question in the discussion.

In its distribution, this film is informed on social media. With the future plan to expand the audience by uploading the film into youtube channel in the end of year or early next year. Now, Jakarta Unfair team had been opened an opportunity for everyone who wanted to screen Jakarta Unfair in open space.

About the distribution, Kus think that films with the purpose of advocacy medium like this is more suitable to have its screening room, not through festival curation process.“ Films like this are better not be in the festival, but screening in villages, so it will emerged the resistance as ammunition to the advocacy itself. And for middle class, the problems is only want or don’t want to internalizing the issues that existed in the film to determine the next step for the future,” said Kus.

About power of documentary film as the medium in its humanity contribution — that believed in this long time by FFD. All three speakers had their own opinion on the impact that can be obtained by documentary film for their audiences.

“Still important, documentary can record what is not showed by the media. Opening our eyes to the wide world,” said Sindy.

“From my personal experience when making Jakarta Unfair, we were demanded to be more sensitive. Even to the subject that doesn’t have any proximity to us,” said Octi.

“Of course that is important, because documentary is presented the real fact, uncover phenomenon as it is. So, the government can have another option (advocacy). This is a knowledge production from the reality, socializing realism, and realizing the public. It will be better if the involved people are documenting their own issues. In the function of advocacy, better documentary is not only becoming a monument, but also the movement in the real field must keep up. [Dwiki Aprinaldi / Ellyta Rahmayandi]

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