Disruption and Sonita demonstrate the power of action for change
Disruption, which screened on Saturday, 26 November, tells the story of Latin American activist-economists who set out to reduce inequality in the region with a model that places women at the centre of the drive for social change. Chief Executive of Kapal Perempuan Misiyah commented that the film demonstrated the importance of education, which grants women “more bargaining power” in their social and economic relations.
The documentary Sonita explores the life of the eponymous young Afghan refugee living in Iran, who has her mind set on recording a rap album, notwithstanding rules against women singing and her family’s intent to sell her to be married to whoever offers the highest price.
“Our culture still treats women as objects,” said Azriana Rambe, Chairperson of Komnas Perempuan.
Each film was followed by interactive discussons with expert panels, who engaged the audience in illuminating and spirited discussions about the films and what resonance the ideas presented may have in the Indonesian context.