“Djakarta 1966,” an Epic Tale Behind the Birth of Supersemar

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PROGRES.ID – The film “Djakarta 1966,” released in 1982, is a cinematic work that recounts the chronology of the events leading to the issuance of the Order of March Eleventh (Supersemar) in 1966. This story focuses on the critical period in Indonesian history following the September 30 Movement, which triggered this significant political event. In this film, we are invited to understand how Supersemar, which granted extraordinary authority to General Soeharto, was eventually given by President Sukarno in an effort to restore national security.

Film Synopsis

The story begins in 1965, after the events of G30S/PKI (September 30 Movement/Indonesian Communist Party) that were blamed by the government on the PKI. President Sukarno, portrayed by Umar Kayam, initially did not take immediate political action to resolve the situation. Jakarta at that time was marked by student demonstrations led by KAMI (Indonesian Student Action Union) and KAPPI (Indonesian Student and Youth Action Union). They presented Tritura, three main demands: the dissolution of the PKI, a cabinet reshuffle, and a reduction in the prices of basic necessities.

However, tension in the country escalated, and the situation became increasingly dire. President Sukarno, feeling the need to take radical steps, finally issued the Order of March Eleventh, also known as Supersemar. This order granted extraordinary authority to General Soeharto, portrayed by Amoroso Katamsi, to take any actions he deemed necessary to restore national security.

With the power bestowed by Supersemar, General Soeharto led the comprehensive dissolution of the PKI. This action brought significant change to Indonesia’s history and replaced the Old Order with the New Order.

The film “Djakarta 1966” unfolds these events chronologically and in-depth. It is not just an intriguing political story but also a reflection of a crucial period in Indonesian history. The film provides a deeper understanding of how Supersemar became one of the documents that reshaped Indonesia’s destiny at that time.

The Indonesian Sinematek collection, where a 35mm copy of this film is stored, is a valuable source for understanding Indonesian history and culture. “Djakarta 1966” manages to bring the important past to life in a compelling and impactful narrative for the audience, while also reminding us of the significant events that shaped Indonesia as we know it today.

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