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Alfred Community Screens Award-Winning Documentary on Indonesian Genocide during October New Horizons Forum
The Alfred State New Horizons Forum, the Center for Civic Engagement, the Center for Diversity and Inclusion, and International Programs, together with Alfred University’s Judson Leadership Center, will present a series of events this October surrounding The Act of Killing, an award-winning documentary by Joshua Oppenheimer. The film will be shown October 21 at 6:30 p.m. on the Alfred State campus in the Engineering Technology Building room 215 and at Alfred University’s Nevins Theater on October 22 at 6:30 p.m.
Eight years in the making, the film boldly confronts the genocide in Indonesia that claimed more than half a million lives. Oppenheimer casts in leading roles some of the same people who rule Indonesia today, asking death squad leaders to re-enact the murders they committed 40 years ago through cinematic genres. The goal: challenging unrepentant, genocidal, mass-murderers to acknowledge their atrocities.
Locally, the Alfred community will discuss the film with the help of Alfred resident and International Consultant Dr. Nadine Hoover, director of Conscience Studio, which helps people and communities design and document widely tested and locally applicable actions for the establishment of peace.
Nadine Hoover holds a doctoral degree from Florida State University in international development and education and an undergraduate degree from Friends World College in political economy and communication. She is the author of Trauma Healing, an advanced workshop manual that grew out of her many years training individuals in the deeper personal and social dimensions of nonviolence.
For more than 20 years, Hoover has led Friends Peace Teams to Indonesia. Steeped in the local language and culture of Indonesia, Hoover has conducted training programs in conscience, nonviolence, healing, and developmental play in post-war areas with people from both sides of the conflict—victims and perpetrators alike. She works throughout the United States and internationally and has recently returned from a project in Guatemala.
Hoover’s peace activities grew out of people-to-people relationships worldwide, primarily with Western New Yorkers and Indonesians. In 2001, she became a licensed massage therapist. In her clinical practice at Alfred’s Hair Care, she helps relieve pain and trauma. The practice provides her with the financial and community stability needed to maintain and increase the productivity and independence of her other work.
As a massage therapist at Alfred Hair Care and a Chidokwan Karate-do instructor at Alfred Martial Arts, Hoover connects with her local community, practicing the belief that coming to know other people in the world helps us to better know ourselves.
Other events this month include a discussion of the film with Hoover titled “Socio-political Consequences of Impunity” on October 23 at 6:30 p.m. in the Judson Leadership Center at Alfred University.
The week-long series will conclude on October 24 at 6:30 p.m. with the New Horizons Forum’s “How Ordinary People Make an Extraordinary Difference: Friends Peace Teams in Indonesia” with Hoover in the Alfred State Student Leadership Center room 310.
The New Horizons Forum, sponsored by the School of Arts and Sciences at Alfred State, showcases current scholarly, creative, and public service work by faculty, students, professional staff, community members, and invited guests. It is guided by a campus-wide team of advisors whose goal is to enrich the intellectual life of the institution.