The Tsunami Generation
(52 minutes) Germany/Indonesia
Director/Producer: Folke Ryden
This is the untold story of the Aceh province in the wake of the Tsunami disaster in which 200,000 people perished and half a million became homeless. In the ensuing turmoil, the Indonesian government, religious organizations, and the GAM guerrillas all aspired to gain in some respect from the new situation with promises of rebuilding Aceh. At the same time hundreds of NGOs descended upon the province with more donor money than ever before. Through compelling stories of remnants of families, this film is an emotional account of how the year following the tsunami came to be almost as turbulent as the tsunami itself. Aceh is an isolated, devoutly Muslim, and embattled province in northern Sumatra, Indonesia. In the mountains, the guerrilla organization GAM has been fighting the government for independence.On December 26, 2004, the killer tsunami changed everything. Having suffered through one of the worst natural disasters in living memory, remnants of families are waiting for a place to stay and a life to live. They are The Tsunami Generation. A generation of people with a glimpse of hope in their eyes, despite the overwhelming struggle that remains to get life back to normal.
Folke Ryden was born in Uppsala, Sweden. After earning an M.A. in journalism from the University of Stockholm, he began working for Swedish national televisionin 1982. In 1989, he became the U.S. Correspondent for SVT, based in Washington. In 1996, he moved to Hong Kong. Ryden has won numerous international awards and his documentaries have been shown all over the world. In 1993, he was awarded the Bonnier Grand Prize in journalism - the most prestigious journalism award in Sweden.
Today, Ryden is living and working in Sweden where he has his ownproduction company, FRP AB.
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