The short documentary film Dying a Slow Death: Inside Indonesia’s Drug War, produced by the Indonesian Drug Users Network (PKNI) and the Drugreporter, documents the first-hand impacts of the drug war as experienced by the community itself. The documentary features testimony and interviews with people who use drugs, methadone patients, academics and religious leaders, and was filmed and conceived by local drug user community activists. Beginning with the execution of 14 drug traffickers earlier this year, the film details how Indonesia is sliding toward compulsory drug treatment, increased extortion and bribery, while creating more barriers to access of health and support services.
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At the time of the publication of this article, the film launch takes place simultaneously in four cities across Indonesia – Jakarta, Bali, Bandung and Batam – and features public discussions with experts, public intellectuals, and community representatives on forging a more holistic response to drug issues in Indonesia.
The public discussions inspired by the film aim to engage society directly in a more nuanced conversation about drugs and the societal goals we aim to accomplish. The organizers aim to inspire Indonesians to educate themselves on the facts behind the war on drugs policy promoted by their government and other governments around the world since it was declared by US President Richard Nixon in 1961.