Program Tags: Society, Culture and History


Festival Club | Small Bodies of Water

Small Bodies of Water is a personal journey that weaves together place, migration, food, family, and the exploration of the water that separates and connects us. Nina Mingya Powles speaks to …

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Main Program | Indonesian Women Storytellers

Muna Masyari, Ramayda Akmal, and Tias Yuliana present the dark reality of women in traditional customs and modern utopias. Their novels show the multiple layers of female characters as well …

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Main Program | What It Means to Be a Refugee

The Committed is Viet Thanh Nguyen’s much-anticipated follow-up to the Pulitzer Prize-winning, The Sympathizer. It shows the United States of America and France through the eyes of a Vietnamese refugee. He is …

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Main Program | Islam, Authoritarianism, and Underdevelopment

In Islam, Authoritarianism, and Underdevelopment, Ahmet T. Kuru argues that Muslims were philosophically and socioeconomically more developed than Western Europeans between the 9th to twelfth centuries. So, why do Muslim-majority countries …

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Film Screening | Scraps and Hope in Banda Aceh

Scraps of Hope in Banda Aceh (2020) examines the rebuilding of Banda Aceh, Indonesia, following the Helsinki-based peace process, 30 years of armed conflict, and the tsunami. A critical study of …

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Main Program | Back to Ubud

Since the pre-colonial era, Ubud has been an oasis of rich artistic expression and creativity. The Covid-19 pandemic continues to bring changes to various aspects of local life. At a …

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Main Program | Bringing History to Today

History often becomes the inspiration for multiple literary works. Interpretation of events, along with mixing facts and fiction to compose new stories, become a challenging playroom for writers. Listen to …

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Main Program | It’s Alright to Not Be Alright

Mental health issues do not get the same attention and understanding as other health issues. They are often considered as individual problems, and not a cultural and social effect. Those …

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Main Program | A Portrait of Islam in Java

George Quinn’s Wali Berandal Tanah Jawa presents a stunning portrait of Islam in Java; a phenomenon that often gone unnoticed by journalists, scientists, and tourists. Join him as he dives deep beneath …

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Festival Club | Black Box

Shiori Ito is the face of Japan’s #MeToo movement and has forever changed life for Japanese women. Her brave accusation of sexual violence against her harasser and consequent court victory …

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