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Francisca Fanggidaej

Francisca Fanggidaej tijdens Winternachten 2004 - foto Serge Ligtenberg
Francisca Fanggidaej tijdens Winternachten 2004 - foto Serge Ligtenberg

(Timor, 1925) is a journalist, co-founder and member of the board of the Stichting Azië Studies (Foundation Asian Studies), a foundation that interprets scientifically the situation in Asian countries and publishes the findings. She is the daughter of a civil servant that worked for the Dutch and at home was only alowed to speak Dutch. After the second world war Fanggidaej became active in the Indonesian struggle for independence. In 1949 she became chairwoman of the youth organization Pemuda Rakyat. Shortly after that she started her career as a journalist, which allowed her travel throughout the whole world. In 1957 she took a place in the Indonesian People's Congres as representative of the journalists. In that function she was sent to Chile in 1965 to attend a congres of the International Journalist Organization. During this trip the coup in Indonesia took place and she was unable to return to her country. As an exile she first lived in China for twenty years. Since 1985 she lives and works in the Netherlands.

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  • Winternachten 2004 – WINTERNACHT 1

    Indonesia: the hidden history of 1965.

    The events around the removal of Soekarno by Suharto in 1965 leave many unanswered questions. Who was behind the coup and the violent consequences? In Indonesia only now the stories are being heard of the murders and persecution of thousands of assumed communists. Tv journalist and writer Aad van den Heuvel was present at that time and wrote about this in one of his books. In this programme he described the dubious role inthe preparations of the coup of the Dutch priest Beek. He and the Indonesian exiles Isa Ibrahim and Franciska Fanggideaj illuminated this hidden history. Including historical film fragments from Indonesia. Paul van der Gaag (presentor of the VPRO's O.V.T. programme) was the panel chairman. Dutch language.