Wednesday, 19 January 2022 | 18:51 WIB

Concerning the Screening of G30S/PKI Film, Indonesian General: ‘What? That‘s My Command’

Indonesian Military Commander General Gatot Nurmantyo.

BLITAR, NETRALNEWS.COM - Indonesian Military Chief General Gatot Nurmantyo has said the Army planned to hold nobar ("nonton bareng" which loosely translates as watching together) 30 September Movement (G30S/PKI) film in the internal scope of the military institution. The plan was gaining a polemic. Nevertheless, General Nurmantyo was paying attention into the polemic.

"What? That's what my order is. The only one can ban me is the government," Nurmantyo said, Monday (9/18/2017), at Bung Karno Tombs (MBK), Bendogerit, Blitar.

In particular, Gatot said, Home Affairs Minister Tjahjo Kumolo had allowed him to order all members of the TNI to watch the New Order era film. However, when asked by reporters about the film’s contents which are still described as propaganda, the General said watching the film is an attempt to straighten the history.

“Leave it alone, it is an attempt to straighten the history. I just wanted to point out the facts that happened at the time as my children, my soldiers, still many do not know. Even President Sukarno himself gave a message to not forget the history," the General said in Tegal, Central Java.

"The history is not supposed to be discredited, it only reminds the children of the nation to not let it happen again, because it hurts for all parties, and the victims are very much," he explained.

The film Penghianatan G 30 S PKI made in the era of President Soeharto, precisely in 1984. It tells the rebellion of the Indonesian Communist Party members which according to the history of the government version occurred on September 30, 1965. Arifin C. Noer became the screenwriter and director of the film.

However, in the New Order era, the film must be played and watched on television each year on the night of September 30. All schools also require students to watch and to review the film. The television stations stopped annually airing the film following Soeharto’s downfall in 1998 as the rule stating the film must be played was also removed.