The Exiles

119 minutes | 2022 | Indonesia | Documentary | Indonesia | sub. English | 13+



XXI 3 | SUN 27 NOV | 13:00

XXI 3 | MON 28 NOV | 17:30

World Premiere


During the 1965 mass killings and political upheavals to eliminate the Indonesian Communist Party, the new government banned hundreds of Indonesian scholars in the Soviet Union and China from their homeland, forcing them to exile across European countries without status. Shifting between the Netherlands, Czech Republic, Sweden, Germany, and Indonesia, this documentary follows those whose lives were uprooted decades ago as they recall the fate-changing events and strive to find the closest way to feel home. It’s a story of life built over trauma, the right to reclaim national identity, and a quest to define home through a collective of heartbreaking memories preserved by a group of cast-out intellectuals.


Lola Amaria


Director’s Filmography


Sunday Morning in Victoria Park





Production Company

Lola Amaria Production




Director's Profile

Lola Amaria

Lola Amaria

Lola Amaria, born in Jakarta on July 30, 1977, started her early career as an actress working with notable Indonesian directors and in various Asian co-productions. She began directing her first feature fiction "Betina" (2006) that won the NETPAC Award at Jogja-NETPAC Asian Film Festival (JAFF). Her second feature "Sunday Morning in Victoria Park" (2009) was nominated Best Southeast Asian Film at Cinemanila International Film Festival 2010, won the Silver Hanoman Award at JAFF and received nine nominations as well as one award for Best Editing from Festival Film Indonesia. She continued to produce and direct films that widely gained national recognition."Eksil" (2022) is her documentary directorial debut.

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