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Which Way to the War?


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  • Directors: Sue Useem
  • Writers: Sue Useem
  • Producers: Sue Useem
  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: All Regions
  • Studio: Spotted Frog Productions
  • DVD Release Date: May 7, 2010
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003L783HG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #593,568 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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The global conflict you can't find on the map.

Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim nation, was also becoming the world's 3rd largest democracy with its free elections in 1998. While most of country remained remarkably peaceful during this transitional moment, a remote area on the island of Sulawesi - Poso - fell victim to brutal communal fighting. The conflict was a product of 'religious' tensions that gave way to jihadist violence, but it was also fueled by widespread corruption and illicit ties among local military and business interests. Fueling it all were underlying struggles for control of local politics, commercial enterprise, and religious authority in this forgotten corner of the world, where religious identity was used as the agitator that exploited and spread the conflict.

Filmed over a three-year period, Which Way to the War? delves into the heart of religious conflict in Poso and Indonesia. American filmmaker Sue Useem and her team traveled to some of the most remote regions of Indonesia to understand the dynamics and anatomy of religiously motivated violence in this overwhelmingly tolerant nation. With hundreds of hours of filming and scores of interviews with politicians, officers, activists, journalists, victims, perpetrators, analysts, and citizens, this documentary reveals the true story of the wrenching Poso conflict - but also the story of Poso's redeeming rehabilitation in the conflict's aftermath - a story that has never been revealed before and one that throws new light onto religious conflicts not just in Indonesia, but our whole world.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sarah Newton on May 19, 2010
This riveting documentary about horrific conflict between Christians and Muslims in a region of Indonesia ends with an uplifting account about reconciliation between these two religious groups. The film would be an excellent resource for youth groups in faith communities or any group working to increase inter-faith tolerance and understanding.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mary Mitchell on June 11, 2010
This documentary was quite informative about the religious and military upheaval on one little island in the Pacific Ocean. Although I was unaware of this conflict either out of ignorance or by choice, I certainly had my eyes opened after watching this DVD. Although I struggle with reading subtitles in general, they were quite necessary! It's hard to believe such a beautiful island had to deal with such ugliness as senseless killings and fear of what lurked at every turn in the road. Sue Useem's up close and personal interviews with families mixed with the use of proven news stories allows the viewer to glimpse into another world - but the very real world to the people of Poso - which now seems to be on the mend. I believe a sequel may be in the works and I look forward to seeing it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sarah Lamstein on July 14, 2010
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Compelling, heartbreaking documentary of power politics run amok in a fledgling Indonesian democracy. Useem grounds her viewers by lining up enough humane activists whose commentary guides us through the morass. Stunning visuals and a strong sound track enhance this meticulously drawn account.
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By Waban Paul on June 26, 2010
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This powerful movie takes us into the heart of a complex conflict. The remarkable film makers obtained personal interviews and rare footage that bring the story home and help us understand both the personal and the geo-political dynamics at play. Very highly recommended.
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