Events/ Dutch & Indonesian Perspectives on 1945-1949

Dutch & Indonesian Perspectives on 1945-1949

september 30 2016

FULLY BOOKED 30 September 20:00-22:30 Film screening and panel discussion

By showing one Dutch and one Indonesian TV-reportage we want to open up a discussion. For decades, Indonesia and the Netherlands have been writing history separately resulting in different historical perspectives. The Dutch for instance refer to the Indonesian Independence war (1945-1949) as ‘police actions,’ while Indonesians label it as ‘Dutch military aggressions.’

The Indonesian reportage ‘Melawan Lupa’ (Metro TV Indonesia, 2014) covers the story of Dutch summary executions in 1947, Takokak, West-Java.

The Dutch TV-reportage ‘Maar de foto’s waren mooi’ (KRO, 1995) reflects on the State Visit of Queen Beatrix to Indonesia in 1995 and shows how the colonial past still influence public relations after more than 50 years.

Accordingly we will show the short movie ‘Rawagede’ (2011) from Kaleb de Groot and the short documentary ‘The Loving Son’ (2015) from Arjen Sinninghe Damste.

The film screening will be followed by a panel discussion. The panel consist of: Egbert Dommering, Willem van der Muur, Helmut Hetzel and Retna Hanani. The evening will be moderated by Tara van Dijk.

This event is organized in collaboration with the Histori Bersama foundation.

LOCATION: Framer Framed at Tolhuistuin (exhibition space)

IJpromenade 2 1031 KT Amsterdam


Egbert Dommering, Dutch emeritus professor in information law. He analyzed the national debate in the Netherlands concerning the colonial war in Indonesia. He recently published The Difference of Opinion, a history of a misunderstood idea.
Helmut Hetzel, German foreign correspondent in the Netherlands. He follows the Dutch-Indonesian relations and traveled in 1995 to Indonesia to
report about the State Visit of Queen Beatrix.
Retna Hanani, Indonesian PhD researcher in anthropology at the University of Amsterdam. Her study focuses on citizenship and welfare state. She is part of KITLV's research group “From clients to citizens: emerging citizenship in democratising Indonesia.” 
Willem van der Muur, PhD candidate in law at the Van Vollenhoven Institute Leiden. He studies local land rights and conflicts in South-Sulawesi. With Indo roots he is connected to the colonial history. Between 1945-1949 his grandfather joined the Dutch colonial army (KNIL).
Dr. Tara van Dijk (moderator) is lecturer in Globalisation and Development at Maastricht University.