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FILM FOR THOUGHT PRESENTED BY HAWAII COUNCIL FOR THE HUMANITIES


NOMINATED FEATURE DIRECTOR AND CAST IN ATTENDANCE


DISCUSSION TO FOLLOW FILM 062 SHAPE OF THE MOON


STAND VAN DE MAAN HAWAII PREMIERE SUNDAY, OCT. 16 | 2:15 PM | REGAL DOLE


NETHERLANDS 2004 | BAHASA, INDONESIAN, JAVANESE WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES | 92M DIRECTOR: Leonard Retel Helmrich SCREENWRITER: Leonard Retel Helmrich, Hetty Naaijkens-Retel Helmrich PRODUCERS: Hetty Naaijkens-Retel Helmrich CINEMATOGRAPHER: Ismail Fahmi Lubish, Leonard Retel Helmrich CAST: Bachtrar Becker, Rumidja Sjamsuddin, Theresia Utari


In this vivid follow up to THE EYE OF THE DAY (2001), director Leonard Retel Helmrich again visits Indonesia through three generations of the Sjamsuddin family. Rumidjah, a 62-year-old Catholic widow, lives in a working-class district of Jakarta, with her son Bakti, a new Muslim convert, and her granddaughter Tari. Since the fall of Suharto, she has witnessed the country pass through a period of socio-political chaos. Islam, Indonesia’s largest religion, is trying to maintain order and discipline, while becoming increasingly fundamentalist in its tone. These changes and conflicts with her son make Rumidjah long for life in the simple country village of her birth.


Mother and son’s good-natured quarrels take place against the background of anti-US demonstrations and an Islamic neighborhood watch. In this way the film continually connects small issues with large ones. SHAPE OF THE MOON offers the kind of cinema verite where the camera moves intuitively along with the action.


POSITION AMONG THE STARS


STAND VAN DE STERREN HAWAII PREMIERE


TUESDAY, OCT. 18 | 6:00 PM | REGAL DOLE FRIDAY, OCT. 21 | 3:45 PM | REGAL DOLE VIETNAM, GERMANY 2010 | VIETNAMESE W/ ENGLISH SUBTITLES | 92M


DIRECTOR: Leonard Retel Helmrich PRODUCERS: Hetty Naaijkens-Retel Helmrich CINEMATOGRAPHER: Ismail Fahmi Lubish, Leonard Retel Helmrich


Dutch director Leonard Retel Helmrich returns with the latest chapter in his stunningly artful and intimate portrait of the Shamshudin family of Jakarta. After a pulse-quickening recap of choice moments from the first two films (EYE OF THE DAY and SHAPE OF THE MOON), grandmother Rumidjah is summoned to the big city from the countryside by her son Bakti to counsel and motivate her teenage granddaughter Tari—the family’s great hope for attaining middle-class stability.


Tari is smart but devious, and more interested in boys, music and colored contact lenses than studying. And presuming she does get into a university, where will the money for tuition come from? The domestic drama of intersecting lives unfolds against a neon backdrop of rapidly increasing materialism in Indonesia and the fascinating underlying tension between secular modernism and Islam’s central place in Indonesian life. Helmrich’s eye remains fixed on his subjects. Tari may represent the future of the family and Indonesia, but Rumidjah is the rock, the moral center, the connection to the land and, yes, the stars. –Michael Fox


POSITION AMONG THE STARS / EYE OF THE DAY


EYE OF THE DAY / SHAPE OF THE MOON


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