Sue Useem
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  • Ubud, Bali
  • Indonesia
  • Director/Producer at Spotted Frog…
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Comprehensive List of all US Universities and Colleges that have a Peace and Justice Program.

Started this discussion. Last reply by Victoria Fontan Jan 17, 2013. 3 Replies

Hi all!!After an unsuccessful search on the web, I thought people here might have access to a database of all of the US universities and colleges (both religious and non) that have Peace and Justice…Continue

Tags: List, Department, University, School, Conflict


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Please feel free to provide a short bio about yourself or the work of your organization (no more than 3 paragraphs)
I am the director and producer at Spotted Frog Productions. It was created when I took a camera, microphone, tripod, and a lot of questions to Indonesia in 2006. Along the way, after countless interviews with all members of society, I stumbled into the story of Fabianus Tibo, who was executed for his alledged role in a communal conflict in remote Poso, Central Sulawesi. Taken by the story, I directed, produced, wrote, and edited “Which Way to the War?”, an investigative feature documentary about the Poso conflict, which became award-winning in the film festival circuit. I was also a producer and broadcaster for the Indonesian Service at the Voice of America (VOA) in Washington, D.C., for five years.

Spotted Frog Productions has worked in Indonesia, Nepal, Senegal, and the United States. Under the direction of Sue Useem, we focus on producing cutting-edge documentaries that bring unknown stories to the screen, while employing a diverse and talented group of media and film specialists.

I hold a degree in Philosophy from Gettysburg College, and I attended the Antioch Buddhist Studies program in Bodh Gaya, India in 2003. I've been to 28 countries and I am trying to make that 30 before turn 30!

In my free time I really like to nap.

Follow me on twitter @spottedfrogdocs
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Please list the countries and/or regions in which you (or your organization) have direct and significant expertise
Indonesia -- Nusa Tenggara, Sulawesi (Poso), Aceh, North Sumatra, Java
United States
What is your current country of residence (or location of your organization)?
Indonesia/United States
What is your current job (and organization) and/or where and what field are you studying?
Director/Producer at Spotted Frog Productions
How many years professional experience do you have ?
What is your personal or organizational website?
Which Languages do you speak Proficiently? (note we can not list all languages, only some major world languages or ones related to conflict regions)
Which are your primary sectoral areas of expertise (or the primary sectoral areas of your organization) ?
Anti-Corruption, Civil Society, Conflict Resolution, Culture, Dialogue, Education, Facilitation, Gender, Human Rights, Interfaith, Internally Displaced, Land Issues, Media, Nonviolence, Refugees, Rule of Law, Social Entreprenuership, Terrorism, Violence Prevention
Which are your primary skills areas(or the primary skill areas of your organization)?
Advocacy, Communication, Fundraising
What are some of your current areas of research (if any)?
On how women in Poso, Indonesia are empowering themselves after a brutal conflict.
If appropriate feel free to list several of your (or your organization's) publications

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Feature documentary looking for strategic partnerships with peace, gender, and justice organizations.

Posted on November 21, 2011 at 9:30pm 11 Comments

To the community,

I am posting this in hopes of starting a great partnership between my upcoming feature documentary The Peace Agency and organizations that are committed to empowering women and ending conflict.

The Peace Agency is about a grassroots women’s school for peace and equality in the conflict zone of Poso, Indonesia. Featured in the film is Lian Gogali, the founder of the school, who faces seemingly insurmountable professional and personal struggles…


Volunteer with women and children in Post-Conflict Indonesia

Posted on November 10, 2011 at 8:21am 0 Comments

Currently have exciting volunteering opportunities available at Institute MOSINTUWU which is based in the post-conflict zone of Poso, Indonesia (in the beautiful town of Tentena). It is looking for individuals who are interested in working directly with women and/or children who have been directly affected by conflict. This will be a fantastic opportunity for anyone who needs experience in post-conflict trauma in women and children, domestic abuse prevention, grassroots interfaith movements,…


Project Sophia Mobile Library--Books without borders for post-conflict children in Indonesia

Posted on October 21, 2011 at 8:24am 0 Comments

Heartfelt happiness is a precious thing for children who live in times of conflict and post conflict. Their childhood is taken away and replaced by horrible and traumatic experiences such as shooting, killing, burning, torture, and they have to run for their life and become refugees in the forest for months. No more time to play, let alone practical joke. The only thing available for them is terror.
In post conflict period, the world they live in is a world protected by…

The Power to Rebuild in Poso

Posted on October 18, 2011 at 12:41am 0 Comments

Before a crowd of thousands of Poso residents in late 2009, roughly three years after Christian-Muslim violence in the region had ended, Poso district head Piet Inkiriwang extolled the virtues of investment. ‘If investors come to Poso, we will all shower in money,’ he told the crowd. ‘You’ll have bucketloads.’ These buckets of money were to come from new jobs and compensation payments for land that investors would need.

Economic development is essential to rebuild Poso. But investment…


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At 2:12am on August 22, 2011, Bishnu Hari Tripathi said…


   I am from Nepal.I am a peace and youth activist.I hope you will accept my friendship request and we will have coordination in future.Thank you.

At 11:19am on August 8, 2011, Alan Tidwell said…

Hi Sue,


I don't know if you read your comments section.  I watched your video, Which Way to the War?  Wow, what a great job!  I was stunned to read that you are self taught, well didn't you do a good job?!

I can envision using your video in the classroom someday.  

Would you care to get some commentary, a critique, of your video?  I don't want to offer opinions and reactions without an invitation.  But really, Sue, you've done a super job.




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