Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Dutch documentary on poverty in RI gets Oscar nomination

A documentary film made by Dutch filmmaker Leonard Retel Helmrich on poverty in Indonesia has secured a 2011 Academy Award nomination in the long documentary category.

The movie, titled Stand van de Sterren (among the stars), documents the life of Sjamsuddin and depicts various issues including poverty, prostitution and the gap between rich and poor, reported on Tuesday.

The nomination is an achievement for the Dutch film industry as this is the first time a Dutch documentary film has gained a nomination in this category.

The film is part of a trilogy, with Stand van de Zon (the shape of the sun) and Stand van de Maan (the shape of the Moon) which Leonard finished filming in Indonesia in 2001 and 2004.

Both of his other films also garnered worldwide acclaim.

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