A gay panic that started with LGBTQI emojis has escalated to a full on government crackdown.
Because mental illness is often thought to be a result of spirit possession in Indonesia, an estimated 18,000 individuals are detained in sheds and backyards for years by their own families.
Traditional funerals often involve grilling pigs with flamethrowers and sacrificing buffaloes by the dozen. Subsequently they've started charging tourists to watch.
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Photographer Camilo Fuentealba's latest project is full of color and noise.
Their ban on the emoticons, which include two men holding hands, is only one aspect of the country's entrenched homophobia.
In this episode, the prolific filmmaker discusses the process behind his award-winning documentaries and how they've redefined Indonesian history.
Since VICE on HBO investigated the terrible consequences of Indonesia's palm oil industry last season, has anything changed for the better? We asked an expert if there was hope for activists on the horizon.
This morning, Cruz accuses Trump of liberal values, Planned Parenthood sues anti-abortion activists behind a series of smear videos, Harry Potter fans have left a shrine to Alan Rickman in London, and more.
In this episode from season three of our HBO show, we tagged along as scientists searched the jungles for new life-saving drugs. Then, we went to Indonesia to investigate the unfortunate realities of the palm oil boom.
"Every morning before the mall is cleaned, you find kid's toes lying around on the floor."
Instead of asking about drugs, regrettable tattoos or violence, we asked about marriage, school-reunions and hopes for adulthood.
After a series of high-profile sexual abuse cases, Indonesia is on the verge of mandating chemical castration. We asked people around Jakarta for their thoughts.
The people in Bengkala, Bali communicate in kata kolok, a type of sign language that's unique to the area.
We asked experts to explore the logistics of Indonesian Commander General Budi Waseso's plan to create an island prison for drug offenders that is guarded by up to 1,000 crocodiles, not to mention a few tigers and piranhas thrown into the mix.
He went into office promising to modernize Indonesia. How has he fared in his first 15 months?
Mount Rinjani is spewing ash into Indonesian airspace, grounding flights and leaving people stranded on an extended holiday.
The insane-sounding facility would house drug traffickers on death row.
Fires have now been burning across several islands since September, producing more greenhouse gases than the daily output of the United States.
"You can never get enough of the adrenaline rush. And being on a chase with a cop makes a race a lot more fun."
In the city of Makassar students are now required to wear ant-drug and anti-corruption patches as a statement against what are seen as the country's two biggest scourges.
After fleeing to Indonesia, former Austin Police Officer VonTrey Clark is facing murder charges and the possibility of the death penalty in a state that loves executions.
The Oscar-nominated director discusses his follow-up film to the critically-acclaimed The Art of Killing, which also chronicles the disturbing aftermath of the 1965 Indonesian genocide.
The director of The Act of Killing and The Look of Silence has made two documentary epic poems about long-ignored Indonesian war crimes.