"Satu Alamat" a portrait of religious harmony

A group of youths studying at Pesantren Al Muayyad yearn for established respect for all faiths in Indonesia.

By Rochimawati for Khabar Southeast Asia in Solo, Central Java

June 14, 2014
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Oxi Ramadani, a student at Pesantren Al Muayyad in Solo, was distressed about frequent reports of intolerance in her city, despite its religious diversity.

  • Oxi Ramadani (left) and Anisa Nur Khasanah discuss the making of their film

    Oxi Ramadani (left) and Anisa Nur Khasanah discuss the making of their film "Satu Alamat" at Pondok Pesantren Al Muayyad, Solo. [Rochimawati/Khabar]

Together with friends Laula Sawitri Hilman, Siti Zaenab, Anisa Nur Khasanah, Yuyun Najinah Al-Kholisi and Asyifa, Oxi accepted her school's offer to make a documentary on the topic– one challenging the image of her city as a haven for extremists.

"We had never made a film before. Making this film was the first time I had ever held a camera," Anisa said.

The film "Satu Alamat" (One Address) tells the story of Muslims and Christians living in harmony. Its teenage protagonist (also named Anisa and played by Oxi), studies in a pesantren and is disturbed by the many reports of extremists apprehended in her region.

Ultimately, she discovers religious harmony still exists in her city when she learns Masjid Al-Hikmah and Javanese Christian Church (GKJ) in Joyodiningratan respectfully share both an address and a wall in Solo. The mosque has no drums and the church has no bells– a reminder that religion is more than symbols, she said.

"We want this nation to once again respect each other's faiths and religions. We want to show the outside world that Solo truly appreciates differences." Oxi told Khabar Southeast Asia. "And also, that Solo is not a city of terrorists."

Appreciating differences

"We consider what the Al Muayyad students are doing, to be something positive towards establishing religious harmony. This is an example of how we can live good lives side by side without disrupting each other," Javanese Christian Church Minister Nunung Istining Hyang said.

Ustad Ridho, a tutor at Pesantren Al Muayyad, said unity and diversity are always taught at his school. "It is also our hope that religious harmony exists in other cities in Indonesia. How beautiful it would be to have mutual respect and appreciation," he said.

Ridho said "Satu Alamat" began with an offer from the Wahid Institute and the Association for the Development of Pesantren and Society (P3M) for students skilled in radio and video documentary production to voice peaceful and tolerant Islamic values.

The film screened at numerous universities and at the 2013 Pesantren Students' Film Festival.

Badran resident Yoyok Sunaryo hopes the film can be distributed internationally "so that the people of Indonesia and the world know that Solo truly appreciates differences and that Solo is not a terrorist nest."

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    • chandra motilal
      July 14, 2014 @ 11:07:45AM
    • In the name of Allah, most Gracious, most Compassionate. Tolerance is the only prudent way to attain peace of mind and to live life.
    • achmad husain
      July 6, 2014 @ 06:07:15PM
    • Debate is not important, reality will prove to society whether they are wise in their execution.
    • soflan harun
      July 4, 2014 @ 02:07:26AM
    • For you, your religion and for me, my religion. When Muslims are a minority they should not be brutally oppressed like in Myanmar, India and Spain (Muslims will disappear).
    • agung
      June 14, 2014 @ 03:06:50AM
    • What matters most is that there will be sincere mutual respect and appreciation, which aren't only words.

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