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Pengkhianatan G30S/PKI is a 1984 Indonesian docudrama written and directed by Arifin C. Noer, produced by G. Dwipayana, and starring Amoroso Katamsi, Umar Kayam, and Syubah Asa. Produced over a period of two years with a budget of Rp. 800 million, the film was sponsored by the New Order government under Suharto (pictured). Based on Nugroho Notosusanto's history of the 30 September Movement coup in 1965, It depicts the kidnapping and killings of six generals by the Communist Party of Indonesia and Air Force, as well as Suharto's destruction of the movement. It closes with an urging for the Indonesian populace to fight against all forms of communism. The film was a commercial and critical success: nominated for seven awards at the 1984 Indonesian Film Festival (winning one), it reached record audience numbers – although many viewings were mandatory. It was used as a propaganda vehicle by the New Order government until its collapse, televised annually on 30 September. Since the fall of Suharto in 1998, such use of the film has become less common, and although the film's artistic aspects remain well received, its misrepresentation of history has been criticised. (Full article...)

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USS Macon was a rigid airship built and operated by the United States Navy for scouting. It also served as a "flying aircraft carrier", carrying biplane parasite aircraft, either five single-seat Curtiss F9C Sparrowhawks for scouting or two-seat Fleet N2Y-1s for training. Launched in 1933, Macon was in service for less than two years: in 1935 it was damaged in a storm and lost off California's Big Sur coast. Its wreckage is listed as "USS Macon Airship Remains" on the National Register of Historic Places.

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