100% Manusia film festival returns virtually for its 5th edition today

‘Our Lady of the Nile’ will be screened at 100% Manusia Film Festival 2021. Photo: © Sophie Davin/Les Films du Tambour, Chapter 2
‘Our Lady of the Nile’ will be screened at 100% Manusia Film Festival 2021. Photo: © Sophie Davin/Les Films du Tambour, Chapter 2

The fifth edition of 100% Manusia Film Festival returns virtually today, featuring 25 feature and short films from Indonesia, as well as other countries such as France, Greece, Myanmar, and more until Dec. 1.

Before the pandemic, 100% Manusia was held at a number of cultural centers across Jakarta in the latter half of the year. Just like last year’s edition, the film festival ⁠— which is known for promoting awareness on human rights, diversity, the encompassing gender, and HIV/AIDS issues ⁠— will also be held through film festival platform Festival Scope.

All screenings are free as per usual — all you need to do is sign up on Festival Scope if you haven’t. After you’re logged in, scroll down until you see the film festivals menu, and choose “100% Manusia Film Festival.” Hover on any film of your choice, then click the rent button. The film will be available for five days on your account from its screening date, or 30 hours after you play it.

100% Manusia will open today with a joint production between Germany and Iraq, The Exam. You can join the opening ceremony at 5.30pm, as well as the opening for the 100% Exhibition at 7pm, through Instagram Live or YouTube.

There are a variety of films from different genres that you can choose from, such as Our Lady of the Nile. Adapted from an award-winning novel of the same name by Scholastique Mukasonga, the joint production between France, Belgium, and Rwanda follows a group of young girls from Rwanda’s elite at a prestigious Belgian-run Catholic boarding school in 1973, 20 years before the genocide during the Rwandan Civil War. 

Indonesia is represented by animation and documentary film k0s0ng, No One Inside, which tells the stories of five married and childless women from different generations and backgrounds, with the stigma they’re facing from the people around them.

The international short film section is called 100% All Around the World, featuring shorts and documentaries from India, the Philippines, Spain, and Thailand, among others; while films from Indonesia are screened under the 100% Local Flavors category which includes Dear To Me, which recently won the Open Doors Short award at the Locarno International Film Festival 2021 in August.

Aside from film screenings, you can also join the 100% Film Chat with the filmmakers as well as discussions on various topics related to human rights. Keep an eye for updates from the festival via their Twitter, Instagram, and official website, and you can find the festival program book here.

Watch the trailer for the festival below:

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