Revisiting Collective Memory of the Nation Through Cartoon Violence


Rendang of Death is a short animated film that contains 38 scenes of violence, which take place in 3:30 minutes from the whole duration of the film, 6:13 minutes. Violence scenes are visualized vulgarly as well as hilarious to local audiences in Indonesia. This paper examines the function of cartoon violence in the animated short Rendang of Death. Animation is a visual medium that is often utilized as a strategy to convey subtext, an underlying message. Indeterminate fear of the violent act during the New Order regime in Indonesia triggered people to use subtext to hide their disapproval of the government. The indeterminate fear of violence became part of the collective memory of the nation, which was then accessed by the generation born after the New Order regime. In Rendang of Death, cartoon violence works in two ways. The first is to point out the community's approval of rendang as food that is "worth killing" to eat. The second is to challenge the indeterminate fear and persuade to move on from what happened in the past. To examine the function of the cartoon violence in Rendang of Death, the authors tried to connect the nation's collective memory with how animation conveys a subtext. The first connection is taken from rendang, food that triggers violent acts in the film. The second connection is from the violent animated scenes, mainly in a food stall. The third connection is from the animation medium itself.

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Mega Iranti Kusumawardhani, Universitas Multimedia Nusantara, Indonesia
Muhammad Cahya Mulya Daulay, Universitas Multimedia Nusantara, Indonesia

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Conference: MediAsia2022
Stream: Film Criticism and Theory

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Kusumawardhani M., & Daulay M. (2022) Revisiting Collective Memory of the Nation Through Cartoon Violence ISSN: 2186-5906 – The Asian Conference on Media, Communication & Film 2022: Official Conference Proceedings
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