Double Bill Screening: Flowers in the Wall + Solo, Solitude | Poetic Justice: Personalising Politics on Screen


Poetic Justice: Personalising Politics on Screen presents a series of contemporary fictional films from Southeast Asia and a panel discussion featuring the filmmakers of the works. Taking the notion of “poetic justice” as a point of departure, the session will take an interest in the intersections between fictional filmmaking and real-life political events in national histories.

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Programme Schedule

Friday, 4 August 2017
7:30pm - 10:00pm

Saturday 5 August 2017 (Repeat Screening)
1:30pm - 4:00pm

Flowers in The Wall (Indonesia, 16 min)
Solo, Solitude (Indonesia, 97 min)
Q&A with Yosep Anggi Noen, director of Solo, Solitude for both sessions.

About the Films

Flowers in the Wall (Bunga dan Tembok)
Eden Junjung / 16 minutes / 2016 / Indonesia
Bahasa Indonesia (with English subtitles)
Rating: PG
*Double bill screening with Istirahatlah kata-kata (Solo, Solitude)

Dyah and her son’s Fajar Merah is travelling to the city to apply for a death certificate of her husband, Wiji Thukul. Wiji Thukul is an Indonesian poet who has been missing since 1998. Dyah’s journey has turned into something unusual because since the disappearance of Wiji Thukul, her family has been holding to a belief that he is still alive.


Solo, Solitude (Istirahatlah kata-kata)
Yosep Anggi Noen / 97 minutes / 2016 / Indonesia
Bahasa Indonesia (with English subtitles)
Rating: NC16 (Some coarse language) | Singapore Premiere
*Double bill screening with Bunga dan Tembok (Flowers in the Wall)

The Suharto regime has been holding power in Indonesia for over 30 years, shutting down democracy repeatedly. Highly critical of the regime and unafraid to speak his mind, Wiji Thukul is a poet whose words are often yelled proudly by the crowd during political protests. When riots break out in Jakarta in 1996, he and a few other activists are accused to be responsible. Forced to flee, Wiji escapes to Pontianak in Borneo where he hides for eight months, sometimes living with complete strangers. There, he changes his identity several times, but continues to write poetry and short stories under a pen name. In the meantime, in Solo, central Java, his wife, Sipon, lives with their two children under constant surveillance. In May 1998, Wiji Thukul is declared missing, a month before Suharto is deposed by his own people.



An initiative by the Asian Film Archive, Reframe is a series that aims to bring together diverse audiences and the film community at large through an innovative range of programmes, encouraging dialogue and examining topics surrounding cinema and the moving image.

By asking the hard questions and re-looking at trends and issues critically, the series will construct meaningful frameworks that bring forth multi-perspective viewpoints and an increased appreciation of film and culture.

Organised by Asian Film Archive
Supported by The Arts House

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Solo, Solitude

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