Indonesia’s Long Lost Poet is Awakening Questions About The Past

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About Wiji Thukul,
Written by Stanley Widianto, and was originally published in VICE,
Feb 22, 2017

Indonesian poet Wiji Thukul disappeared over a decade ago during political turmoil. But with the release of his biopic Istirahatlah Kata-kata, his words are awakening once more.

Widji Widodo was born in Solo, Central Java to a rickshaw driving father and a mother who sold streetside fried chicken. He was a brash-speaking, thin and perennially restless man who went by the name Wiji Thukul. This was not the kind of man films are made about. But hundreds of people came to Taman Ismail Marzuki in Central Jakarta to watch a movie about his life.

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