When Indonesia became inde­pen­dent after WW II, many Indone­sian Dutchmen repa­tri­ated to the Nether­lands. They were temporarily put up in contract pensions. They did not really feel welcome.
When Indonesia became inde­pen­dent after WW II after years of fighting, more than 300,000 Indone­sian Dutchmen repa­tri­ated to the Nether­lands between 1946 and 1964. Upon their arrival, they were put up in contract pensions. Hetty Naaijkens-Retel Helm­rich visited repa­tri­ates and talked with them about their some­times unpleasant initial period in Holland. Some of them ended up on horse blan­kets in West­er­bork, while others were lucky and stayed at the Loo Palace. Many repa­tri­ates did not feel at home. Dutchmen consid­ered people from the tropics dirty’, thinking they came straight from the jungle. You must be glad to finally live in a brick house’, someone was told to his great dismay. They also got insulting lessons — as if I don’t know how to brush my teeth!’ — and it turned out that money for a new inven­tory was a loan, which some had to pay off until their death. The film­maker also speaks with Dutch people who expe­ri­enced all of this from the other side.

Credits

Sound Design
Production company
Scarabeefilms
Distributor NL
Cinema Delicatessen

Title: Contractpensions - Djangan loepah!
Year: 2008
Duration : 1 hour, 30 minutes
Category: Long Documentary
Edition: NFF 2008

Gouden Kalf nominees

Other awards

Kristallen Film (10.000 bezoekers documentaire) (2009)

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