Flora works in a shop; she meets a boy and seeks the normality of teenage love. Her mother Maria is married to an abusive husband; she harbours a secret about her past that she can only talk about with a group of women confidantes. Whenever they are out working the land or happen to meet at the market, these women share their traumatic experiences of sexual violence suffered at the hands of Indonesian soldiers. Integrating the real accounts of rape survivors, Memoria recounts the effects of the Indonesian army’s invasion of East Timor.
35’ · Colour
Maria Fatima Sara dos Reis AfonsoLucia Naroman Pereira de Oliveira
Born in Jakarta, Indonesia in 1986, she studied sociology and media arts at Deakin University in Melbourne, Australia. Her films focus on socio-cultural topics, gender equality and environmental issues. Her directing debut The Mirror Never Lies, about the lives of Indonesian sea nomads, screened in the 2012 Berlinale Generation. Her second feature film Sekala Niskala won the Grand Prix of the Generation Kplus International Jury in 2018.Filmography
2011 The Mirror Never Lies; Generation 2015 Following Diana; short film 2016 Memoria; short film 2017 Sekala Niskala (The Seen and Unseen); Generation
Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2019