ITHACA, NY — Ithaca College’s Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival (FLEFF) will bring Enrico Aditjondro, the Southeast Asia editor of “EngageMedia,” one of the most influential social media projects in the Asia-Pacific region, to campus for a four-day residence. From Oct. 5 through 8, Aditjondro will visit classes; meet with faculty, staff and students; and conduct a discussion-oriented workshop entitled “EngageMedia: Social Justice and Environmental Issues in the Asia Pacific.” Free and open to the public, the workshop will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 6, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in Park Hall 220.
Using the power of video, the internet and free software technologies to create social and environmental change, “EngageMedia” works with independent filmmakers, video activists, technologists, campaigners and social movements to generate wider audiences for their vital messages about social injustice in the Asia-Pacific region.
“We aim to demystify and provide access to new video distribution technologies, create an online archive of independent video productions using open content licenses and form a peer network of video makers, educators and screening organizations,” Aditjondro said.
Aditjondro started his journalism career in 1998 with “The Maritime Workers’ Journal” in Sydney, reporting on labor issues and the shipping industry. Two years later he moved to Jakarta, joining the Southeast Asia Press Alliance while also traveling and working in Timor-Leste with UNESCO and UNTAET. In 2005, he served as the Southeast Asia Representative for the International News Safety Institute and also cofounded and became managing editor for “Paras Indonesia,” a bilingual social-political website. Having joined “EngageMedia” in 2009, he is now based in Jakarta, writing, producing films and maintaining the Southeast Asia content for “EngageMedia.”
Aditjondro’s visit is sponsored by FLEFF and the Departments of Politics, Health Promotion and Physical Education, with additional support from the Society for the Humanities at Cornell University.
Launched in 1997, the Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival was an outreach project from the Center for the Environment at Cornell University. In 2005, the festival moved permanently to Ithaca College where it is housed in the Division of Interdisciplinary and International Studies as a program to link intellectual inquiry and debate to larger global issues.