Graeme Dobell – Craig Stockings's work on the official history of Australia's role in the bloody birth of Timor-Leste was bedevilled by Canberra's triangular relationship, vexed but vit
Book & Film Reviews
June 5, 2023
February 24, 2023
Chris Barrett – In the second week of January, Indonesian President Joko Widodo expressed deep regret for the country's dark history of human rights violations, chief among them one of
February 23, 2023
Yohana Belinda, Jakarta – Author Isna Marifa published her debut work titled Mountains More Ancient in 2020. It is a fictional tale with a real historical backdrop.
February 22, 2023
Tunggul Wirajuda, Jakarta – Leading Australian expert on Indonesia Max Lane recounts late Indonesian literary giant Pramoedya Ananta Toer's role in inspiring the downfall of former pres
November 25, 2022
Radhiyya Indra, Jakarta – The Indonesian Film Festival (FFI) celebrates an inclusive list of winners as the nation echoes similar joy at the country's film industry achievements this ye
June 9, 2022
We Have Tired of Violence: A True Story of Murder, Memory and the Fight for Justice in Indonesia. By Matt Easton. New Press; 341 pages; $27.99.
April 26, 2022
An interview with Irene Yuliana Fatagur
August 20, 2021
Rohana Kuddus – Leapfrogging from a provincial furniture factory to become President of Indonesia, Joko Widodo was greeted by a Time magazine cover hailing him as 'A New Hope' for the w
June 6, 2021
Peter Baker – If you are looking for a good read that will give you, the happy reader, a no-small glow of pride in how Australia, the country of the "fair go", applies itself on the int
January 24, 2021
Michael G. Vann – The massacre of the Indonesian left in 1965-66, backed by Washington, was one of the great crimes of the twentieth century.
January 17, 2021
Ben Terrall – Of all the tragic events of the 20th Century, the 1965-1966 campaign of mass killing in Indonesia is among the least known in the U.S.
October 6, 2020
The Jakarta Method: Washington's Anticommunist Crusade and the Mass Murder Program that Shaped Our World
September 11, 2020
John West – Ben Bland paints an insightful and intriguing portrait of Indonesia's leader in his new book, Man of Contradictions: Joko Widodo and the struggle to remake Indonesia.
September 2, 2020
Book Review: Ben Bland, Man of Contradictions: Joko Widodo and the struggle to remake Indonesia (Penguin, Lowy Institute, 2020)
July 1, 2020
Marcus Mietzner – The genre of English-language biographies of Indonesian presidents and other senior leaders has a long and reputable history.
June 28, 2020
Kit Gillet – In 1965, the Indonesian military killed as many as one million of their own countrymen, destroying the third-largest communist party in the world and taking with it pretty
June 21, 2020
Antonia Timmerman – "Smile", an instructor tells the women in identical aprons as they take turns to stand in front of a blue background for an employment photo.
June 6, 2020
Tom Fawthrop – After 50 years of popular resistance to Indonesian rule in West Papua, this forgotten war is flaring up again.
February 17, 2020
Nur Yasmin, Jakarta – A new book titled "Habibie & Soeharto" attempts to uncover the real story of the relationship between the two late former Indonesian presidents who fell out w
August 9, 2019
Review by Margaret Scott – Many years ago during Suharto's dictatorship, when the mass killings of 1965-66 were a taboo subject, I interviewed Pramoedya Ananta Toer, one of Indonesia's
May 4, 2019
Duncan Graham, Malang, East Java – Visiting outlying islands in this sprawling archipelago reveals an unease felt about Java, "the denominator of Indonesia".
February 27, 2019
The Killing Season: A History of the Indonesian Massacres, 1965-66, by Geoffrey B. Robinson. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2018.
September 6, 2018
As part of our Jakarta Globe Reading Club's "Reading Indonesia" event on Saturday, Sept.
August 9, 2018
Max Lane – Jess Melvin's new book, The Army and the Indonesian Genocide, has been rightly hailed as a breakthrough.
August 6, 2018
In Maire Leadbeater's new book, "See No Evil: New Zealand's betrayal of the people of West Papua", the theme of the title is also relevant for Australia.
July 16, 2018
David Robie – Two damning and contrasting books about Indonesian colonialism in the Pacific, both by activist participants in Europe and New Zealand, have recently been published.
June 9, 2018
By Margaret Scott, The New York Review of Books.
The Army and the Indonesian Genocide: Mechanics of Mass Murder by Jess Melvin. Routledge, 319 pp., $140.00
February 9, 2018
The Turnbull Government will be watching with interest and angst for a soon-to-be-released book which sheds light on an extraordinary chapter of Australian-East Timor history, writes Al
December 4, 2017
Sastra Wijaya – Indonesian-Australian author Dewi Anggraeni seeks to bring cultural nuance to the 1998 protests that overthrew President Suharto while the Chinese community was being targeted and d
December 2, 2017
Robert Murray – "Kissingerian realism" and an associated hard nose for the "national interest", or "Wilsonian idealism"?
November 15, 2017
Michael Rose – Laying bare the greed for petroleum resources that has steered five decades of Australian policy regarding East Timor, Kim McGrath's "Crossing the Line" is a masterfully written and
August 30, 2017
In her new book Crossing the Line Kim McGrath exposes Australia's brutal opportunism towards East Timor, and the atrocities we were willing to condone to serve our national interest.
August 13, 2017
Adhitya Himawan and Nikolaus Tolen – Max Lane, the author of the new book "Indonesia is not Present on this Earth of Mankind" (Indonesia Tidak Hadir di Bumi Indonesia) has criticised Indonesians fo
May 22, 2017
Joost Cote – A new feature film has prompted a renewed interest in the life of national hero Kartini.
March 25, 2017
Dionne Christian – When young writer Bonnie Etherington showed one of her Massey University classmates a short story she'd written, the last thing she expected was to be told she was seriously dist
February 9, 2017
Time to Draw the Line
Directed by Amanda King & Fabio Cavadini
2016, 58 minutes
Released February 20 on the Demand.Film platform
July 15, 2015
Michael Zelenko – When Joshua Oppenheimer's The Act of Killing came out in the summer of 2013, few had seen anything like it.
November 8, 2014
Michael Bachelard, Jakarta – Two cups of human blood aday, taken from the severed neck of your dying victim and drunk from a glass, is enough to stave off the madness induced by partici
October 1, 2014
Leila S. Chudori's novel Pulang is an important addition to a growing literature examining the events of 1965-66 and its aftermath
September 7, 2014
August 28, 2014
Robbie Collin – In 1965, the Indonesian government was overthrown by the country's armed forces, who embarked on an instant and merciless purge of Communists, their sympathisers and the
Xan Brooks, Venice – The outside world came to gatecrash the glamour on the opening night of the Venice film festival.
August 27, 2014
Peter Bradshaw, Venice – Joshua Oppenheimer's The Look of Silence is a stunning companion piece, or possibly narrative development, to that extraordinary 2012 documentary The Act Of Kil
July 10, 2014
Natalie Craig – East Timor has never made a film, never told its story or seen the faces of its people on the silver screen – until this year.
April 1, 2014
Jarrod Woolley – Watching a woman come out of mourning for the first time in 31 years was one of the most moving moments in husband and wife filmmaking team Luigi Acquisto and Stella Za
January 8, 2014
Asawin Suebsaeng – The Act of Killing is that rare documentary – one that might actually change things.
October 31, 2013
John Aglionby – Florindo Araujo is certain that Sander Thoenes was still alive when he last saw the Financial Times journalist.
October 1, 2013
Lea Jellinek – This is a brilliant book, a must read for anybody wanting to understand the Asian city. In Indonesia, kampung dwellers make up over half of the urban population.
July 12, 2013
Larry Rohter – Early in "The Act of Killing", Joshua Oppenheimer's startling new documentary about mass murder and impunity in Indonesia, a death squad leader named Anwar Congo, dapper
Stephen Applebaum – This year's Berlin film festival hosted movies by well-known directors including Richard Linklater, Steven Soderbergh, Noah Baumbach, Michael Winterbottom and Ken Lo