Islands / I Lands
—Cinemas in Exile
  • The Sorceress of Dirah
  • Meta Ekologi
  • Foreign Sky
  • each film . . . an island?
  • Accentuation
  • The Place Where I Live—and touch me
  • Reflection
  • Amami Film: In Memory of Miho-san
  • dolce . . .
  • Puppet Shaman Star
  • Promised Paradise
  • Order
  • Life on Distant Islands
  • The Struggle Against Endemic Diseases
  • At the End of the Arc: Yaeyama Islands

  • Theresa Hak Kyung Cha
  • Maria Rosalie Zerrudo
  • Promised Paradise

    - THE NETHERLANDS, INDONESIA / 2006 / Indonesian / Color / Video / 52 min

    Director, Photography: Leonard Retel Helmrich
    Script, Producer: Hetty Naaijkens-Retel Helmrich
    Editing: Bas Roeterink, Hetty Naaijkens-Retel Helmrich
    Music: Harry Roesli
    Sound Design: Ranko Paukovic
    Production Company: Scarabeefilms
    World Sales: Smiley World Media Ltd. www.smileyworldmedia.com

    The Jakarta-based puppeteer and troubadour Agus Nur Amal travels to Bali to seek those who were responsible for the bomb attack on a local nightclub in 2002. Humor is his main weapon. Before an audience of children, his storytelling on 9/11 in handmade “TV sets” gets his audience roaring with laughter, but then his shadow play switches to images of bomb attacks in Indonesia. Amal also consults a paranormal and asks him where the perpetrators of the attack are now. Traveling between heaven and hell, what is it that Amal sings?

    - Leonard Retel Helmrich

    Born in 1959 in Tilburg, the Netherlands. Finished his studies at the Netherlands Film and Television Academy and made his debut with the feature film The Phoenix Mystery (1990). His documentary Moving Objects (1991) has won several prizes at international film festivals. Since 1994 he has divided his time between Amsterdam and Jakarta. In addition to attending workshops as a tutor, he shot several documentaries before and after Suharto stepped down as Indonesian president in 1998.