Road-movie-like documentary about the Great Post Road. This road running 600 miles through the heart of Java was built under the leadership of Dutch colonialists and costs the lives of thousands of East Indian forced labourers.
Road-movie-like documentary about the Great Post Road. Pramudya Ananta Tur (1925), one of Indonesia's most important writers in recent decades, was requested by Bernie IJdis to write an essay about the Great Post Road. This road running 600 miles through the heart of Java was built in the last century under the leadership of Dutch colonist Daendels and costs the lives of thousands of East Indian forced labourers. Because Tur is restricted in his freedom of movement as an ex-political prisoner, the filmmakers were his eyes and ears during a journey along the Post Road. On the journey, parallels between Indonesia then and now gradually emerged. In addition, as the film progresses, Tur's desperate plight and that of his country become tangible.

Credits

Director
Scenario
Production company
Pieter van Huystee Film & TV
TV company
VPRO TV
Distributor NL
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Title: Jalan Raya Pos/De Groote Postweg
Year: 1996
Category: Long Documentary
Edition: NFF 1996

Gouden Kalf nominees

Beste Lange Documentaire (1996)
Bernie IJdis

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