The Peace Agency

Winner of the John Michaels Award at The 39th Annual Big Muddy Film Festival!

Documentary | Feature | 1 hour 31 min

Lian Gogali and her 500 female students are a force to be reckoned with the conflict torn area of Poso, Indonesia. They are part of a powerful and successful movement for peace and justice in an area that has been racked by inter-religious violence for over a decade.

But five years ago, Lian was just a single mother living in rural Poso with a broken leg and a big dream to educate marginalised women. The Peace Agency follows her remarkable journey from her village to New York City to create The Women’s School, an institution that transforms its all-female class into agents of peace and non-violence grassroots activism that has altered the course of the conflict in Poso, and possibly the future of Indonesia.


About the Artist

Sue Useem

Since graduating from Gettysburg College in 2005, Sue Useem has worked in the media industry as a director, producer, and broadcaster. Her debut documentary “Which Way to the War” (2009) won her Best Female Filmmaker at Action on Film Festival in 2009 in Pasadena, California and screened in festivals world wide. Her work has been seen in many productions, including on Animal Planet, Geographic Expeditions, National Geographic, and Wharton Business School. She was also a producer and broadcaster at the Voice of America (VOA) in Washington, D.C. for five years. “The Peace Agency” is her second documentary film.



Sue Useem


Ernest Weiss Hariyanto

Monday, February 20, 2017

Guyon Auditorium


(Following Fragments)

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Soundstage Room 1116 (SIUC Mass Communications Building)


(Following Fragments)


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