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Nusa Ina

Nusa Ina

Anne Jan Sijbrandij
Netherlands
2023
34 min
World Premiere
Frontlight
Synopsis

The first Moluccans to arrive in the Netherlands were mostly soldiers serving in the KNIL (Royal Netherlands East Indies Army) and their family members. Their stay in the Netherlands was only expected to be temporary; they hoped to later return to the recently independent Indonesia where they would fight for a free Republic of South Maluku. The Dutch government thwarted their plans for diplomatic reasons, discharging these soldiers from the army. Going back to their Moluccan mother island, Nusa Ina, was no longer an option for them.

Now in his 60s, Loey Tamaëla is the son of a now-deceased KNIL Sergeant Major. In this short film, he talks about this painful past and its effect on him and his family. His father’s battle for the Republic has become his own—this theme runs through almost all Moluccan families in the Netherlands. The look in his eyes when he talks of his impossible longing to return to the house where he was born makes his sense of rootlessness all too palpable. The family archive footage is remarkable and atmospheric, as is the music in this sharply drawn portrait.

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Credits
34 min
color
DCP
Spoken languages: Dutch, Malaysian, English
Director
    Anne Jan Sijbrandij
    Anne Jan Sijbrandij
Production
    Anne Jan Sijbrandij
    Anne Jan Sijbrandij
Cinematography
    Thomas Schouten,
    Anne Jan Sijbrandij
    Thomas Schouten,
    Anne Jan Sijbrandij
Editing
    Anne Jan Sijbrandij
    Anne Jan Sijbrandij
Sound Design
    Timo Sijbrandij
    Timo Sijbrandij
Music
    Timo Sijbrandij
    Timo Sijbrandij
Screening copy
    Anne Jan Sijbrandij
    Anne Jan Sijbrandij

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