After over three centuries of colonial occupation, Indonesia declared its independence in 1945. The declaration marked the start of over four years of struggle as this vast island nation fought for self-determination. Revolusi! is about people who took part in that struggle. Who were those who fought to free Indonesia? What was at stake? How did Indonesia’s revolution touch and shape people’s lives?

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Declaring independence

A book of friendship

A baby during the revolution

A dressing gown made of maps

Fighter for diplomatic recognition

Loyal to flag and crown

Freedom fighter from ‘the last paradise’

Baby clothes made from book covers

Volunteer soldier

Talented painter and war reporter

6:16 min. - Oldest daughter of Petrus Akihary

5:58 min. - Son of Letty Kwee

6:53 min. - Daughter president Sukarno

6:05 min. - Son and grandson of Tjokorda Rai Puda

6:10 min. - Son of Mohammad Toha Adimidjojo

5:52 min. - Son of Jeanne ('Peu') van Leur - de Loos

5:41 min. - Daughter of Eben Hezer Sinuraya

4:36 min. - Daughter of Julia Nelisse

6:30 min. - Daughter of Henk Ngantung

6:29 min. - Daughter of Affandi

7:35 min. - An installation by Timoteus Anggawan Kusno