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The Sound of Silence


This story is about women survivors of 65 who struggle to heal their trauma through singing. They are members of a vocal group called Dialita which stands for Di Atas 50 (Above Fifty Years Old). This vocal group consists of survivors 65 who experienced and witnessed the history (first generation) and those who are children of survivors who did not experienced the history but received the impact of the propaganda history (second generation). These two generations are victims of human rights violations.


The songs they sang were written by the survivors while they were still in prison. They began to remember the lyrics and musical notes in the past view years. They started to write it back in 2015.


After the October 1, 1965 movement, the ideology of communism is forbidden in Indonesia.

The New Order regime did historical propaganda against to communist ideology through the monuments and museums. The propaganda of the PKI's atrocities was built by various allegations against the Communist Party of Indonesia (PKI) which was coupling the regime of President Soekarno on 30 September 1965, otherwise known as September 30th Movement.


The offspring of survivor parents are also affected by the communist stamp that given by the government at that time. It is very obvious that the survivors of 65 are victims of human rights violations because they have been imprisoned for years without trial. Meanwhile, the second generation or descendants of the 65 survivors also did not get their rights as citizens. From not being able to go to school on a state campus to be ostracized by the community is the impact they have to accept as the offspring of survivor parents.

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