Semesta Movie

The EU’s Green Deal encourages individuals to be agents of change for the benefit of the environment. To support this goal, a documentary film titled ‘Semesta’ (the Universe) was produced to show how different Indonesian communities respond to climate change based on their faiths and local practices. The film was a product of the €6.5 million Support to Indonesia’s Climate Change Response – TA Component (SICCR-TAC) implemented from 2016 to 2019 by Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ).

The film shows the human side of conservation efforts while highlighting the diversity of religions, beliefs, and cultures across the nation. It has consistently received positive reviews and has been used as basis for public discussions on climate change with students, workers, and volunteers.

Supported by the Ministry of Environment and Forestry, the film highlights the real and immediate impacts of climate change on the everyday life of Indonesians across the country. It also demonstrates how many existing practices address environmental conservation, and how small changes can have extraordinary impacts. With a focus on urban settings, the film celebrates youth as drivers of change.

Semesta has had screenings in theatres across Indonesia and was shown at the 25th International Conference on Climate Change in Madrid, Spain, at the end of 2019.

By displaying stories from different provinces in Indonesia, this film broadens our knowledge and inspires us to do something – no matter how small it is.

Nicholas Saputra
Producer and Environmental Activist