News & Updates 7 October 2021

Screenings of AJAR’s Award-Winning Animated Films “Konta-Sai” and “8:45” at Dili International Film Festival

Dili, 7 October 2021 – Screenings of AJAR’s two animated films, “8:45”and the award-winning “Konta-Sai”, took place with students of AJAR Timor-Leste’s Human Rights and Social Justice School at the Dili Film Festival in Timor-Leste. A full-day workshop about human rights in Timor-Leste was held before the screenings.

In the evening, we had two separate screening events. One in Fundacao Oriente, where an AJAR representative introduced the film before it screened. The other screening was held at the AJAR Dili office at the same time.

Konta-sai tells the story of Maria Isabel, an East Timorese survivor of sexual violence during the Indonesian occupation of Timor-Leste. She decided to tell her own story of sexual violence during the Indonesian occupation so others would know the truth about what happened to her and other East Timorese women during the occupation.

Konta-sai and 8:45 are a part of our project, Making Right to Truth Tangible, that Asia Justice and Rights has worked closely with the Commission for the Disappeared and Victims of Violence Aceh (KontraS Aceh) in Indonesia and Asosiasaun Chega! Ba Ita (ACbit) in Timor-Leste to document stories of survivors, facilitate dialogue and engage with the local authorities in addressing past human rights violations. Every minute we spent making that happen is worth it throughout the nine months of production timeline.

Learn more about the Making Right to Truth Tangible project here