The Shape of the Moon (Non-fiction Features)
2005 - Indonesia - 92 minutes
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DIRECTOR: The Shape of the Moon
A miraculous document, The Shape of the Moon chronicles one year in the life of a poor Indonesian family in the slums of Jakarta. Director Leonard Retel Helmrich, continuing here the work begun in his previous effort, Eye of the Day, again follows the daily trials of the widow Rumidja Sjamsuddin, who, as a Christian living in the forment of the world’s largest Muslim nation, provides a unique vantage point from which to view the evolving chaos of the Indonesian underclass. With her son, Bakti—a ne’er do well and man about town—and granddaughter Tari, Rumidja faces each day as a series of small obstacles to be countered with faith and prayer. A fight with an invasive local moneylender and a raging village fire are but two of the problems Helmrich’s camera manages to capture in true Verite style. Patient, painstaking, and hugely humanisitc, The Shape of the Moon emerges as a portrait of the rhythms of life in one teeming--if too-little observed--corner of the world. A graduate of the Netherlands Film Academy, Leonard Netel Helmrich began his career as a fiction director with The Pheonix Mystery. However, it was his 1991 documentary, Moving Objects, that first brought him worldwide acclaim. since then, he has worked almost exclusively in the documentary format. He has lived part time in Jakarta, Indonesia, since 1994.
PRODUCER: Hetty Naaijkens-Retel Helmich
CINEMATOGRAPHER: Leonard Retel Helmrich
EDITOR: Robert Broekhof, Denise Janzee,Andrez de Jong
MUSIC: Ernst Jansz, Joep Lans, Dio Oberon
PRINT SOURCE: Films Transit