Although Budi was born decades after the killings of 1965, he is harassed, stigmatized, and traumatized by local villagers in Java due to his father’s status as an ex-political prisoner. His all-consuming desire for revenge leads him to face the men who tormented him and his family members.
At thirteen years old in Central Java, Lanny was abandoned by her father and later witnessed his execution. As an adult, she undergoes a profound spiritual crisis and must decide how to confront the past which has followed her into the present and, inevitably, into the future.
A high-caste Balinese, Degung was abandoned following his father’s death, and was raised by prostitutes in Surabaya, Java. He returns home as a teenager and eventually becomes a scholar and an activist, raising awareness of the trauma caused by 1965 and its aftermath.
Kereta is a Balinese farmer who witnessed the violence of 1965 firsthand. His father was betrayed by his own family and was subsequently executed in front of his children. After this, Kereta begins to withdraw under the pressure of continued surveillance and fear under the New Order, and finally retreats into his own world filled with Balinese spirits and gods.