Dragon for Sale: Film Screening and Discussion

The Justice in Southeast Asia Lab (JSEALab) and Graduate Education & Training in Southeast Asian Studies (GETSEA) consortium are proud to present a screening of Dragon for Sale followed by a discussion with the film’s Director, Producers, and Research Team.

Dragon for Sale documents the Indonesian government’s “10 New Balis” development project in Eastern Indonesia and attempts to turn Flores and the Komodo Islands into an international tourist destination. The documentary film highlights the darker side of the project’s history, including catastrophic environmental degradation and multiple human rights violations as local populations are forced out of their ancestral homes to make way for resorts and restaurants. The film showcases the resistance movements of local communities striving to create alternative tourism development and conservation plans through an indigenous framework of human-animal kinship and coexistence.

This hybrid event, simulcast in-person at eight leading universities across the United States and on Zoom across the globe, is the first international screening of this groundbreaking documentary since its mid-April release in Indonesia.

Join us on May 1, 2023 at 12:00p (Hawaii) / 3:00p (PDT) / 5:00p (CDT) / 6:00p (EDT) via Zoom.

This event is co-sponsored by the University of Michigan Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Cornell University Southeast Asia Program, The Carolina Asia Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, The University of Wisconsin-Madison Center for Southeast Asian Studies, the University of Hawaii-Manoa Center for Southeast Asian Studies, the University of Washington-Seattle Southeast Asia Center, the Northern Illinois University Center for Southeast Asian Studies and Asian American Resource Center, the American Institute for Indonesian Studies, the Arizona State University Asia Center, and the Yale Council on Southeast Asian Studies.