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Memperluas Aksi Solidaritas #saverembang

Memperluas Aksi Solidaritas #saverembang

Agenda tersebut terang-terangan mengabaikan suara warga yang telah lama menolak tegas industri semen yang dapat merusak kelestarian ekologi Pegunungan Kendeng Utara.

Sontak aksi protes digencarkan. Ratusan warga desa berduyun-duyun menggelar doa bersama, membentangkan poster-poster penolakan pabrik, dan mendirikan tenda di sekitar tapak pabrik. Sejak Senin, mereka bertahan dan bermalam di tenda, untuk jangka waktu yang tidak bisa ditentukan, sampai tuntutan mereka dipenuhi:

BATALKAN PABRIK SEMEN DAN TARIK ALAT-ALAT BERATNYA DARI BUMI KENDENG!

Lokasi tambang karst dan pabrik semen terletak di Pegunungan Kendeng Utara yang merupakan gunung kapur terlindungi, sekaligus berada di Cekungan Watuputih sebagai kawasan lindung imbuhan air terlindungi. Kawasan lindung ini diatur dalam Perda Rencana Tata Ruang Wilayah (RTRW) Jawa Tengah Nomor 6/2010 Pasal 63 dan Perda RTRW Kab. Rembang Nomor 14/2011 Pasal 19. Inilah sumber mata air utama bagi kehidupan sehari-hari warga, baik untuk konsumsi rumah tangga maupun irigasi pertanian, termasuk sumber air PDAM bagi kota Rembang dan Lasem.

Kebutuhan lahan yang sangat luas demi keberlangsungan industri semen jelas bakal menggusur lahan pertanian yang menjadi sumber penghidupan warga. Produktivitas sektor pertanian pun akan menurun drastis akibat matinya sumber mata air, polusi debu, dan terganggunya keseimbangan ekosistem. Tidak hanya berpotensi melemahkan ketahanan pangan daerah dan nasional, industri ini jelas akan berujung pada bencana lingkungan.

Bagi warga di sekitar tapak pabrik, aksi pendudukan menjadi pilihan terakhir setelah sekian lama tidak pernah diberi kesempatan untuk menyuarakan berbagai pelanggaran yang terjadi selama proyek industri semen PT. SI dipersiapkan. Tidak pernah ada informasi jelas mengenai rencana pendirian pabrik, juga tidak ada sosialisasi yang melibatkan warga desa secara umum. Dokumen AMDAL tidak pernah disampaikan kepada warga.

Tidak pernah ada penjelasan mengenai dampak negatif penambangan dan pendirian pabrik. Intimidasi pun kerap terjadi seiring perjuangan warga yang menuntut hak atas informasi dan kelestarian lingkungan hidup yang mereka tinggali.

*Teks Prolog: Tinta Sembilu
**Produksi Video: JMPPK REMBANG
***Distribusi Online: www.selamatkanbumi.com;

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Solidarity to #SaveRembang

Tensions rose at an action by the local people of Rembang to resist a quarry and cement factory last week, Monday 16th June 2014. Since morning, at least three platoons of police, a company of military, and dozens of hired thugs had kept guard over the area where it was planned to lay the first stone of PT Semen Indonesia’s proposed plant in Gunem sub district, Rendang, Central Java. A water cannon was ready to disperse the demonstrators who were had not agreed to the project, and all access points to the factory site were blocked by state security forces.

This action was a last resort after local people’s voices had been gagged for so long, their struggle always met with intimidation, police and hired thugs responding with acts of repression time and time again. In this latest action, mostly by women and farmers, clashes were also unavoidable. Military were also sent in to search family members who were hiding at the road junction leading to the factory.

Several of the mothers involved in the action were injured or fainted, and other residents were also injured. However, the military blocked anyone trying to help the victims and prohibited a waiting ambulance from entering the area.

It appeared that several journalists from different media organizations had received instructions from the cement company, so they didn’t report this action. Meanwhile, friends who wanted to show their solidarity and try to document the action were forbidden to enter the area from the morning on. Searches continued to affect all efforts to document the action, everyone who was involved was made to show a press card.

 

 

 

 

Update:

A tent belonging to the Rembang people is still standing near to the factory site with dozens of women guarding it.

Let’s show solidarity in any way we can. On twitter please follow #saverembang.

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Three New Materials from the Video4Change Network

  • Video Compression Guide. If you want to understand how you can make your videos fit into different offline / online distribution formats (DVD, online video, etc.), this guide will be a useful resource for you.
  • A Guide to Video Distribution Sites. This guide takes comprehensive look at available and popular video hosting sites (Youtube, Vimeo, archive.org, Bambuser) and compares them on functionality, privacy options and other categories that would make it easier for you to select which one to use to distribute your videos online.
  • How to Host a Film Screening. One of the most effective ways for you to have more people see your videos is to host a film screening. This guide takes you through the steps and processes of hosting your own film screening successfully. More than that, this resource talks about how film screenings can be incorporated into as an advocacy strategy for your campaigns.

The development of these guides, including all the ones we’ve published in the last two years, is part of the Video4Change network’s commitment to support the work of video activists, and the strategic use of video in advocacy and campaigning. We will producing more guides in the future.

For more information visit v4c.org.

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EngageMedia’s New Office

EM Yogyakarta Office

City Y, is an Indonesian city and the capital of the provincial city in Java. The city is rich in history and culture, and is filled with amazing natural scenery including the famed volcano.

It’s been almost a month since we moved the EngageMedia office from Jakarta, where we are happily located in a house near a traditional palace. We’ve planned to fill this office with more exciting activities such as screenings and residencies, so contact us if you’d like to come visit!

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Menonton Ditonton Travelling Projector Indramayu & Cirebon

Menonton Ditonton Travelling Projector Indramayu & CirebonIndramayu adalah tempat ketiga yang dikunjungi Travelling Proyektor.  Bertempat di rumah seorang mantan buruh migran, pemutaran film ini dihadiri sekitar 20 orang. Hampir sebagian besar yang datang adalah para buruh migran yang terlibat dalam pembuatan video tersebut.

Suasana sangat cair karena mereka begitu senang melihat karyanya ditonton bersama. Jika sebelumnya mereka menonton film, maka kini mereka ditonton. Tentunya ini sebuah pengalaman berharga bagi para buruh migran yang seringkali diabaikan oleh negara dan tidak dipedulikan oleh masyarakat.

Lepas dari Indramayu, tujuan selanjutnya adalah Cirebon. Di kota ini, Sanggar Rakyat menjadi “host” dalam pemutaran film ini. Bertempat di Balai Pertemuan Desa, maka pemutaran film ini banyak dihadiri oleh warga kampung. Sekitar 60 warga memadati balai pertemuan yang relatif sempit ini. Bapak RW membuka pemutaran film yang sebelumnya telah diseleksi oleh pihak Sanggar Rakyat.

Dalam pemutaran kali ini, Sanggar Rakyat juga memutarkan beberapa film yang dibuat oleh para remaja di kawasan dampingannya. Oleh karena warga tidak bisa duduk hingga larut, akhirnya diskusi ditiadakan. Namun beberapa remaja yang masih tertinggal berdiskusi dalam lingkaran kecil dengan EngageMedia.

Diskusinya lebih banyak pada proses pembuatan film, menentukan cerita, dan lain-lain. Antusiasme masyarakat yang begitu besar pada pemutaran film menunjukkan bahwa media audio visual sangat efektif untuk menyampaikan pesan-pesan tertentu. Dan keterlibatan warga dalam pembuatan film sangat penting untuk membentuk kepercayaan diri serta membangun arena refleksi bagi sebuah kampung.

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Featured Filmmaker: Yusfik

Name: Yuslan Fikriasari aka Yusfik

Age: 42

Location: West Java, Indonesia

Yusfik is currently active with the Intertextual film community or KOPI in Bandung. He is also working as a volunteer in the village of Parigi, Nanggung, Bogor. In the mountainous area of Salak-Halimun in West Java, he is working with villagers to build a school and set up a farmers union.

1. Why did you choose to work with video and what first attracted you to it?

For me, video technology was a revolution at that time. I wasn’t used to writing. I love to tell stories, orally. In my time, the New Order regime only allowed one TV channel. So when I visited villages and remote areas, I frequently heard stories that were never heard by people from big cities or seen by them. So when I started, I wanted for these stories to also make their way to the audiences in the cities. With video, this task can be accomplished. So the gap that once existed can disappear.

2. What kind of themes do you work with?

At first I was dealing with history. What kind of place was I in right now? How can I get to know my place better? I pursued this from cultural artifacts, traditional rituals that still exist in West Java. After Reformation in 1998, I had seen many demonstrations. In West Java, the farmers began to conduct demonstrations in cities. I began to follow them to the villages, I saw things there and realized maybe this is what reality is. That was when I started to film farmers and their activities, and issues around agrarian reform in many different areas in Java.

3. What kinds of communities have you have been dealing with?

I’ve ever worked in a farmers union, on the issue against mining companies and food estates in Merauke, West Papua. And just a while ago, i finished filming Bekasi Bergerak, a video about workers unions in the industrial city of Bekasi, West Java. especially from 2011 to 2012 when the frequency of the workers struggle and strikes increased sharply. I choose to support organizations or movements and add video work to help with their campaigning materials. I also use my video as a tool for educating young farmers or workers. Unions sometimes use my videos as tools to evaluate their campaigns or activities.

4. How do you find video distribution these days, has it become easier?

For me, it’s more dependent on the aim set by the videomaker. There are already so many different tools and ways to distribute your work. And videomakers have to choose between these, also they must consider those outlets and their consequences.


If you know of any interesting filmmakers around Asia Pacific that you’d like to see featured on EngageMedia.org, write to us today!