VIDEO: Village Goat Takes The Beating (1999)

Producer: Elsam (Lembaga Studi dan Advokasi Masyarakat)
Writer/Director : Aryo Danusiri
Music: Thoersi Argeswara 
Running Time
: 47 mins
Language: Acehnese and Indonesian with English subtitles

The Village Goat Takes the Beating, filmed in Aceh in late 1999, through lengthy interviews with victims or with relatives of deceased victims, and through partial re-enactments, records allegations of human right abuses perpetrated by the Indonesian army in Aceh during the 1990s, particularly in the Tiro subdistrict of Pidie, during the notorious DOM period, when under Suharto Aceh was first made an area of military operations (Daerah Operasi Militer) with the aim of suppressing GAM (Aceh Freedom Movement). The full meaning of the film’s title is contained within the Acehnese saying ‘the mountain goat eats the corn, the village goat takes the beating’, for it is claimed that the killings and torture by the army were frequently perpetrated on the villagers, rather than on GAM members.

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