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Leonard Retel Helmrich Long documentary - 2002 - 94 min.

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Seemingly casually, director Leonard Retel Helmrich blends different aspects of life in Indonesia into a multicoloured panorama, which through the strength of images and scenes creates a link between everyday life, the beauty of the landscape and the political revolution in 1998, when a student uprising forces Suharto to step down. The filmmaker steps between the demonstrators and the police officers, just like he is closely following a snake hunt with his camera or, without any interviews or a voice-over, enters the family life of a woman and her two sons, who try to keep their heads above water in tough economic circumstances. The film shows the scarcity, the difference between countryside and city, the important role played by religion and superstition and the first free elections in 42 years, when the voters keep an attentive eye on the counting of the votes.


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Denise Janzee
Robert Broekhof
Sound on Set
Ringo Pikal
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