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Film Dokumenter “Jihad Selfie”

Menyikapi maraknya perkembangan media sosial yang mendorong radikalisasi remaja di Indonesia, Yayasan Prasasti Perdamaian (YPP) melalui rumah produksi Prasasti Production, membuat film dokumenter berjudul “Jihad Selfie”

Film yang pertama kali diputar di Jenewa, Switzerland pada bulan Juni 2016 ini mengikuti kehidupan seorang remaja berumur 16 tahun asal Aceh, Teuku Akbar Maulana. Akbar mendapatkan beasiswa dari pemerintah Turki untuk belajar setingkat SMA di sekolah Imam Hatib, Kayseri. Dua teman SMAnya, yang juga warga negara Indonesia, telah bergabung bersama ISIS melalui sosial media.

“Saya pertemu dengan Akbar itu secara tidak sengaja di sebuah warung kebab di Kayseri pada bulan Juni 2014” jelas Noor Huda Ismail, sutradara sekaligus produser film ini.

“Waktu itu ia sedang galau dan kepincut menyusul kedua temannya itu ke Siria,” tambah pendiri YPP yang sekarang sedang menyelesaikan PhD Politik dan Hubungan Internasional di Monash University, Melbourne Australia.

Di sela-sela kesibukan tugas belajar dan menjadi pembicara di forum-forum internasional inilah, Huda bersama tim Prasasti Production nekad melakukan perjalanan membuat film secara mandiri ini dari Melbourne menuju Istanbul,Kayseri, Kairo, Bali, Semarang, Aceh, Jakarta, Solo, Lamongan, Malang, Nusakambangan, Jogjakarta Ciamis selama setahun untuk bertemu dengan pendukung ISIS baik di dalam penjara maupun di luar penjara, keluarga pelaku bom bunuh di Iraq dan juga orang tua pelaku.

“Saya beruntung sekali bertemu dengan banyak orang yang membantu proses pembuatan film ini. Bahkan ada yang kenal hanya via sosial media seperti Bruce Gill, musisi dan editor video musik dari Itali yang sedang bekerja di Melbourne” kata Huda dengan antusias.

Pembuatan film “Jihad Selfie”, menurut penulis buku “Temanku, Teroris?” yang juga alumni Pondok Pesantren Al Mukmin Ngruki ini, digerakkan dengan alasan yang sangatlah pribadi.

“Waktu seumuran Akbar, saya juga pernah bermimpi bisa pergi ke Afghanistan pada tahun 80an seperti teman satu kamar saya di Ngruki yang kemudian ia terlibat dalam pengeboman di Bali tahun 2002” jelasnya.

“Hadirnya sosial media di tengah masyarakat tidak lagi bisa dibendung ini juga dapat menjadi media radikalisasi yang efektif” imbunya. Melalui film ini, Huda melihat terjadi pergeseran pola recruitment dari model lama yang hanya mengandalkan tatap muka ke sosial media yang lebih mudah dan masif.

Film berdurasi 49 menit ini rencananya akan diputar di Melbourne, Singapore, Malaysia, Cina dan juga berbagai festival film dunia. Pemirsa di Indonesia dapat menikmati film Jihad Selfie pada akhir Juli dalam kegiatan road show film yang akan diadakan di Jakarta, Bandung, Semarang, Solo, Jogjakarta, Surabaya dan lain-lain.

“Saya dedikasikan film ini kepada istri saya Desy Ery Dani dan kedua anak saya, Hiro (7) dan Salman (5) yang semoga mereka kelak bisa menjadi warga dunia yang bangga menjadi seorang Muslim dari Indonesia” papar Huda.

Contact Person:

Producer dan sutradara:

Noor Huda Ismail. Email: noorhuda2911@gmail.com. WA: +61421099102.

Public Relations:

Dian. Email: cinemadian@gmail.com WA: 628111664410.

A NEW DOCUMENTARY BY INDONESIAN FILMMAKER GIVES INSIGHT ON PROCESSES OF ISLAMIC RADICALISATION USING SOCIAL MEDIA

Social media and the internet have often been involved in the radicalisation of youths in Indonesia. Yayasan Prasasti Perdamaian (YPP), a foundation based in Indonesia produced a documentary called ‘Jihad Selfie’ to try to understand this process of radicalisation.

The film was shown for the first time in Geneva in June 2016 and follows the journey of Teuku Akbar Maulana, a sixteen-year old boy from the province of Aceh, Indonesia, who received a scholarship to study high school in Turkey.

Previously, two of his Indonesian high school friends were recruited by ISIS through social media.

“I meet Akbar accidentally in a kebab shop in Kayseri, Turkey, in June 2014,” the director of the film, Noor Huda Ismail, said.

“At that time, he was feeling the confusion and was tempted to follow his two friends to Syria.”

Noor Huda Ismail is the founder of YPP, and has spoken on issues surrounding the challenges of fighting radicalism around the world. He is also a PhD candidate at Monash University, Melbourne, Australia.

Trying to understand the roots of the issue in making the film, Huda did a year-long trips to visit more than a dozen locations around the world: Melbourne, Istanbul, Kayseri, Cairo, Bali, Semarang, Aceh, Jakarta, Solo, Lamongan, Malang, Nusakambangan, Yogyakarta and Ciamis.

In his trips, he spoke with people from many sides. ISIS supporters inside and outside of prisons, the family of a suicide bomber in Iraq, and many of the young people who are potential recruits of ISIS.

“I’m very lucky to have met a lot of people who helped me in the making of this film. There are also people I met through social media, like film editor Bruce Gill from Italy who happened to be in Melbourne,” Huda said.

The film is a personal mission for the writer of “My Friend, the Terrorist”, who also went to the Islamic boarding school Al Mukmin in Ngruki.

“When I was Akbar’s age, I also had a dream of going to Afghanistan in the 80s. I used to live with a friend in Ngruki who then became involved in the Bali bombing in 2002.”

“The existence of social media in our society cannot be stopped, and it has been utilised efficiently by those who want to radicalise our youths.”

Throughout the making of the film, Huda saw a new type of recruitment that keeps on changing to utilise technologies provided by social media.

The 49-minute film is going to be screened in Melbourne, Singapore, Malaysia, China and other film festivals around the world. Indonesian audience would be able to join road shows in Jakarta, Bandung, Semarang, Solo, Yogyakarta, Surabaya and other cities.

“I’m dedicating this film for my wife, Desy Ery Dani and two of my children, Hiro and Salman, whom I hope will be able to live proudly in the future as an Indonesian, a muslim and a citizen of the world,” Huda said.

Contact Person:

Director/Producer:

Noor Huda Ismail. Email: noorhuda2911@gmail.com. WA: +61421099102.

Public Relations:

Dian. Email: cinemadian@gmail.com WA: 628111664410.

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