Vincent Moon

A showcase celebrating the work of independent film-maker and sound explorer, Vincent Moon, who has been making extraordinary short films in Indonesia for the past six years.

His quest for sounds range from the world of pop to rare shamanic rituals and from experiments in electronica to acapella village songs.

Dividing Lines

Glasgow Short Film Festival presents a programme of recent Indonesian short film, specially curated for Discover Indonesia. Ranging from experimental fiction to documentary and artists’ moving image, the films explore divisions within Indonesian society, and the ways in which they are crossed or transcended.

The programme features two films by Yogyakarta-based filmmaker Yosep Anggi Noen, both of which previously screened in competition at Rotterdam Film Festival, and Sidi Saleh’s Maryam, which won the Orizzonti Award at last year’s Venice Film Festival. Also screening are two works by the Jakarta-based non-profit Forum Lenteng, which provides community media literacy training and runs an annual festival of experimental film, Arkipel.


Genre Sub Genre
Yosep Anggi Noen // 2013 // 12 min

Four sub-genres of film, documenting the predictions of a land in the south east of Indonesia. Commissioned by Museum of East Nusa Tenggara.

Sidi Saleh // 2014 // 18 min

Maryam is a Muslim working as a housekeeper for a Catholic family. On Christmas Eve she is faced with a dilemma when she is forced to escort her autistic employer to Mass.

Alam: Martyr (Alam: Syuhada)
Hafiz Rancajale // 2005 // 9 min

A simple portrait of Alam, a young man living in Jakarta. Alam’s goals and desires are very simple. He wants to do the best for his family.

Starting With A (Bermula Dari A)
BW Burba Negara // 2011 // 16 min

A girl lends her lips to a boy who lends her a pair of eyes. Her lips become his voice as his eyes become her sight.

A Lady Caddy Who Never Saw a Hole in One
Yosep Anggi Noen // 2013 // 14 min

A golf lesson. A love story. Rage.

Sunrise Jive
Mahardika Yudha // 2005 // 7 min

Automobile factory workers perform morning exercises before work.

The Act of Killing

When the government of Indonesia was overthrown by the military in 1965, ruthless gangsters such as Anwar Congo and his friends were promoted from small-time thugs to death squad leaders. They helped the army kill more than one million alleged communists and intellectuals in less than a year.

Today, Anwar is revered as a founding father of a right-wing paramilitary organisation that grew out of the death squads. In this extraordinary film, director Joshua Oppenheimer urges the ageing gangster to make a movie, recreating his experiences. What emerges is a harrowing and surreal portrait of mass murder – complete with musical numbers, film noir gangster scenes, and yodelling cowboys – and the scene is set for a bold historical reckoning.

The Look of Silence

Whereas his first film was a shocking and revelatory look at a forgotten chapter in world history from the point of view of the culprits, this sequel documentary looks through the eyes of the victims. With this companion piece, Joshua Oppenheimer focuses on Adi Rukun – an ophthalmologist whose brother was killed by the militia. The film remembers the atrocities through Adi’s eyes, as he in turn reflects on the different ways his people see, or neglect to see, one of the most troubling acts in all of human history.