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<p>“If you don't accept people can change...no one has an incentive to change” ~ Myuran Sukumaran (2015) </p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>Myuran Sukumaran (17 April 1981 – 29 April 2015) was an Australian who was convicted in Indonesia of drug trafficking as a member of the Bali Nine. In 2005, Sukumaran was arrested in a room at the Melasti Hotel in Kuta with three others. Police found 334 g (11.8 oz) of heroin in a suitcase in the room. According to court testimonies of convicted drug mules, Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan were the co-ringleaders of the heroin-smuggling operation from Indonesia to Australia. After a criminal trial, Sukumaran was sentenced on 14 February 2006 by the Denpasar District Court to execution by firing squad. </p><p>Australian death-row prisoner Myuran Sukumaran made a personal appeal for mercy to Joko Widodo, painting a portrait of the Indonesian president and signing it with the words 'People Can Change'. After lodging an appeal against his sentence, this was initially dismissed by the Bali High Court. A judicial review conducted by the Indonesian Supreme Court on 6 July 2011 affirmed the death sentence. Sukumaran’s plea for clemency was rejected by the President of Indonesia on 30 December 2014, and Sukumaran was expected to face execution, together with Chan. The execution was carried out on 29 April 2015. </p><p>Myuran Sukumaran led an art studio for his fellow prisoners during his time in Kerobokan prison, where he was mentored. Myuran taught English, computer, graphic design and philosophy classes to prisoners. The portrait of Mr Joko Widodo signed 'People Can Change' is his most recent work. He painted the oil on canvas artwork in Kerobokan prison in late January 2015, in his final weeks there before being transferred to Nusakambangan Island. Myu painted multiple self-portraits while on Nusakambangan. His final painting resembles a bleeding Indonesian flag. He was recently awarded an associate degree in fine arts by Curtin University. Myuran Sukumaran had his first major Australian exhibition at the Campbelltown Arts Centre in January 2017, curated by noted Australian artist, Ben Quilty. </p><p>‘Alone from night to night you'll find me </p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>Too weak to break these chains that bind me </p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>I need no shackles to remind me </p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>I'm just a prisoner, don't let me be a prisoner </p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>From one command I stand and wait now </p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>From one who's master of my fate now </p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>I can't escape for it's too late now </p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>I'm just a prisoner, don't let me be a prisoner.’</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p>
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Millions of people know about the problems in Afghanistan, but no one knows the REAL solution. In this compelling new film - GENERATION A - award winning director, Jasmin Kozowy, shines a spotlight on the untold story of the education system in Afghanistan. Triumphant and heartbreaking in equal measures, this film is a tribute to the unsung voices of those who are fighting for a brighter future. GENERATION A captures these individuals through their reflections of the conflicts, sacrifices and rewards of dedicating their lives to education. These everyday heroes span a range of different backgrounds; from teachers in refugee camps, university professors working in local colleges and NGO peace workers with their boots in the mud. Each share their unique personal story about devoting their lives fighting for Afghanistan with the weapon of education. GENERATION A features rare archival footage and captures intimate interviews with presidential candidate Ramazan Bashardost and Stanford law professor Eric Jenson to name a few. These acclaimed academics and political figures take a backseat to the spectrum of every day Afghans fighting for their country through education.
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