The Indone­sian Sjam­sudin family, a compelling metaphor of life in Indonesia, strug­gles with corrup­tion, reli­gious conflicts, the gener­a­tion gap and the growing inequality between rich and poor.

For twelve years, Leonard Retel Helm­rich followed the Indone­sian family Sjam­sudin in the slums of Jakarta. After Stand van de zon and Stand van de maan, Stand van de sterren is the final instal­ment of an award-winning trip­tych. The Sjam­sudin family, portrayed in cinéma vérité, is the micro­cosm epit­o­mising the key issues of Indone­sian life: corrup­tion, reli­gious conflicts, gambling addic­tion, the gener­a­tion gap and the growing inequality between rich and poor.
Bakti Sjam­sudin comes to pick up his mother Rumidjah from her house in the country. He raises her grand­daughter Tari. Since he has been appointed neigh­bour­hood manager, he can no longer take care of her and neither can his wife Sri, for lack of time. Tari is facing her entrance exams for college. She is the family’s hope for a better future. Tari is very smart, but she is also lured by the temp­ta­tions of modern life, like going out and mobile phones. At the centre of these vicis­si­tudes stands Rumidjah, who watches her family bewil­dered and some­times lost and who lets Tari win her over.


Executive producer
Sound Design
Production company
TV company
Human TV
Distributor NL
Cinema Delicatessen

Title: Stand van de sterren
Year: 2010
Duration : 1 hour, 51 minutes
Category: Long Documentary
Edition: NFF 2011

Gouden Kalf nominees

Other awards

Kristallen Film (10.000 bezoekers documentaire) (2011)

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