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Community Interviews

Our ‘Community Interview’ programme shares six video interviews with groups from across Indonesia, who are developing models of solidarity and resistance with their communities and environments. Through these interviews, we offer an in-depth look at their local contexts, the issues they face and the strategies and practices they have developed to support their communities’ economic, ecological and cultural sovereignty.

The interviews feature three communities within the greater Yogyakarta area, and three outside of Java; in Poso (Central Sulawesi), Paser (East Kalimantan), and Bengkulu (Sumatra). Some of those we speak with are working to preserve and revive traditional or indigenous (“adat”) knowledges, whilst setting up alternative economies for their communities. Others are developing creative strategies for resisting the loss of their land, livelihoods and cultures because of large-scale development schemes, or extractivist practices such as sand mining, monoculture plantations or dam building.

Each interview is made during a research trip to the communities by members of SFS and our ‘Artist Partners’. As well as the interviews themselves, you can find other materials and documentation from these trips below. In most cases, these are groups we have worked with across other SFS programmes. Through these trips we finally had the chance to visit, meet and learn from them in person.

The six ‘Community Interviews’ will be recorded and uploaded below throughout June–October 2021. If you’d like to receive updates about when our next episode is online, please subscribe to our newsletter or follow us on Facebook or Instagram.