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Special Panel on Visual Anthropology

Special Panel on Visual Anthropology

Don’t Disturb the Peace
Leslie Dwyer/Diyah Larasati/Degung Santikarma/Dag Yngvesson
Center for the Study of Gender and Conflict at the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution (S-CAR) at George Mason University in Arlington, Virginia, U.S/Department of Theatre Arts and Dance at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S/Indonesian Legal Aid Foundation/University of Minnesota
Abstract
“Don’t Disturb the Peace” is a feature-length documentary currently in post-production. Filmed in 2012, it follows the length of the Banda Aceh-Calang highway, a US$250 million centerpiece of international aid, to explore the challenges of post-conflict peacebuilding. Stopping along the road to speak with farmers, fishermen, former combatants, teachers, taxi drivers, mothers and students, the film takes an ethnographic approach to social recovery, exploring how ordinary Acehnese are working to rebuild their communities and find new roadmaps for social justice. The film poses questions that resonate through and beyond Aceh: What does peace really mean? What does it take to create a community? And how does seeing conflict and peace-building through Acehnese eyes challenge and transform globalized models for reconciliation and psychosocial repair?


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