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For twelve years, filmmaker Leonard Retel Helmrich has followed an Indonesian family living in the slums of Jakarta. Just as in his previous two multiple award-winning documentaries THE EYE OF THE DAY (2001) and SHAPE OF THE MOON (2004), Retel continues to show us the underlying patterns of life in Indonesia with his revolutionary camera work, offering viewers a microcosm revealing the most important issues in the country’s fast-changing society: corruption, conflict between religions, gambling addiction, the generation gap, and the growing difference between poor and rich. Although the three films are obviously connected, each film is equally strong as a stand-alone feature. "Helmrich’s strikingly shot and elegantly absorbing documentary of ordinary family life in modern-day Indonesia is likely to attract attention and awards as it offers a humane and often amusing glimpse into life in Jakarta." Mark Adams, Screen International

tags: Documentary


Director: Leonard Retel Helmrich