• © Bayu Prihantoro Filemon

On the Origin of Fear Indonesian short film



10 11 & 01 12 '17 - 12:00 & 15:00

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EUROPALIA Festival Centre
Dynasty Building - Mont des Arts 5
B-1000 Brussels




EUROPALIA, Bakulkultur

English subtitles

The recent years, short films are one of the main motors of the Indonesian film landscape. The Indonesian short films receive a lot of attention and awards worldwide, amongst others from the prestigious Festival Film de Cannes, the Venice Film Festival and the Rotterdam Film Festival.

Bakulkultur invites you to have a glimpse of audio-visual landscape of Indonesian short films with its multiple facets.

On the Origin of Fear

By Bayu Prihantoro Filemon
Indonesia, 2016, 12 min

The film had been selected for the Orizzonti section at the 73rd Venice International Film Festival, Italy, 2016 , and has been to countless international film festivals ever since. 

Deep-seated traumas of Indonesia are rooted out when a man dubs the roles of both perpetrator and victim over a 1984 docudrama produced by the New Order regime on the 1965 attempted coup, which ensued in mass killings that ended the lives of many. 

Bayu Prihantoro Filemon’s On the Origin of Fear is a brave and confident debut directorial effort from someone who’s worked primarily as a cinematographer. In its tidy twelve minute runtime, the film smartly and dexterously condenses an irreductible amount of important history into a studio voice recording session for a film of the history it represents. All of this is carried on the back of the film’s committed lead, Pritt Timothy, who plays both the communist leader as well as the Army General in charge of the torture. Owing to its unique approach to storytelling, the film is enigmatic and elusive upon the first watch, grimly comedic and also intriguingly suspenseful. With the text at the conclusion, the film is unlocked, revealing a vast secret history that gives the film an added dimension and charge.

About the director

Bayu Prihantoro Filemon (1985, Indonesia) is an alumnus of the Asian Film Academy Busan International Film Festival and Berlinale Talents in 2014. He has worked as a cinematographer on over a dozen films. On the Origin of Fear (2016) is his debut as a filmmaker. He also wrote the scenario for this film.