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Short Film Review: Memoria (2016) by Kamila Andini

Kamila Andini’s “Memoria” is a short movie of 2016 that precedes “The Seen and The Unseen”. Intense and moving, “Memoria” is based on a true story, but Andini makes her protagonist Maria a spokeswoman for a nation and its abused women.

Memoria” received an award for outstanding achievement at the 21st Busan International Film Festival (Biff) in Busan, South Korea, and was nominated for best short film in the Indonesian Film Festival (Ffi) in 2016.

Memoria” is screening at Berlin Film Festival

Set in present time East Timor, the film, as its title suggests, is a necessary reminder of the abominable and often unspoken violence and hardship endured by the women during the conflict the plagued the Timor Leste, started with their independence from Portugal in 1975 and during the dark years of the Indonesian occupation, concluded in 1999.

Moreover, the two decades of gender-based violence against women and children, rapes and routine

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