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Selling a Colonial War

Selling a Colonial War

In-Soo Radstake
Netherlands
2023
132 min
World Premiere
International Competition
Synopsis

The power of representation is demonstrated clearly in the way the Dutch government chose to present the Indonesian War of Independence and its violent aftermath (1945-1950). Three quarters of a century on, competing perceptions of the events still remain.

Filmmaker In-Soo Radstake casts a broad view as he investigates a multitude of perspectives, including those of the Dutch government, servicemen in the Dutch and the Royal Netherlands East Indies armies, Indonesian independence fighters, the international community and several population groups in the former Dutch East Indies. The Bersiap killings, a neglected episode in which specific groups of citizens were collectively considered as enemies of the revolution, is among the subjects touched upon.

Extensive interviews with international experts provide insight in the complex relationships in the former colony and the global context. Archive footage—some of which has only been discovered decades after the events—not only tells a story of decolonization but also chronicles our dealings with the past.

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Credits
132 min
color / black and white
DCP
Spoken languages: English, Indonesian, Dutch
Director
    In-Soo Radstake
    In-Soo Radstake
Production
    Nadadja Kemper for Holland Harbour,
    Rob Vermeulen for Holland Harbour
    Nadadja Kemper for Holland Harbour,
    Rob Vermeulen for Holland Harbour
Cinematography
    Robijn Voshol,
    Thiemo van Dam,
    Lawrence Lee Kalkman
    Robijn Voshol,
    Thiemo van Dam,
    Lawrence Lee Kalkman
Editing
    In-Soo Radstake,
    René Hazekamp
    In-Soo Radstake,
    René Hazekamp
Animation
    ZOHO Studio
    ZOHO Studio
Sound
    Olivier Rekers,
    Timo Hegtermans,
    Diego van Uden
    Olivier Rekers,
    Timo Hegtermans,
    Diego van Uden
Sound Design
    Alex Booy
    Alex Booy
Music
    Nando Eweg
    Nando Eweg
World Sales
    Rise and Shine World Sales
    Rise and Shine World Sales
Distribution for the Netherlands
    Periscoop
    Periscoop
Screening copy
    Holland Harbour
    Holland Harbour

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