this dutch documentary about dutch colonialism in Indonesia will make your heart cry out for its harrowing images, propagandistic shots, beautiful native indonesian music, and the beautifully depressing yet inspiring poems..
Ranks as one of the best documentary film i've ever seen. The story itself is about collonialism against the inferior side. It could be against to other nation, people or the mother nature.Accompanied by poems by acclaimed Indonesian poets such as Rendra and Sitor Situmorang, it's lyrical, haunting, and captivating. The credit should go to the deft editing of Monnikendam. The crocodile slaughtering is just marvelous.
Excellent work, but there are some gruesome parts (smoking children, child labor, unconsenting nudity, hazardous working conditions, & animal cruelty). The haunting sound effects, the traditional soundtrack, and the fairy tale like poems are elevating the spellbinding imagery, as if the audience are taken through a historical-cultural museum. The moving images at times are reminiscence of The Man with a Movie Camera.