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Paris, May 1968. In the midst of students revolution in Paris, Dimas Suryo, an Indonesian political exile met Vivienne Deveraux, a French student who joined a rally against the French government. At the same time, Dimas heard the news from Jakarta: Hananto Prawiro, his best friend was taken by the military and died. Dimas was worried and nervous. Along with tens of Indonesian journalists and artists he couldn’t go back to Jakarta for their passports had been revoked?by the Indonesian government. Since then, they wander aimlessly from Santiago to Havana, Peking and finally landed in Europe to get political asylum.?While busy attending the Tanah Air restaurant in Paris with his three friends: Nug, Tjai, and Risjaf—the four of them were called The Pillars of the Homeland—Dimas, was constantly feeling guilty. One by one of his friends were being killed, hunted, gunned down, or went missing without a trace. He could not forget Surti Anandari— Hananto’s wife—who spent months in jail being interrogated by the military. May 1998.?Lintang Utara, Dimas’s daugther from his marriage with Vivienne Deveraux, wanted to go to Indonesia to record the journey of the families that fell victims to G30S tragedy in her thesis. In Indonesia, Lintang found out not only her father’s past with Surti Anandari, but that the most bloody history of this country also had connection with her father and his friends. Together with Segara Alam, son of Hanan- to Prawiro, Lintang then witnessed the biggest chaos in Indonesian history: May 1998 riot and the fall of the 32 years ruling regime. Pulang is a story about family drama, friendship, love and betrayal with three historic moments as the background: Indonesia’s 30 Sep- tember 1965, French’s May 1968, and Indonesia’s May 1998.

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Leila S.Chudori

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