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Our Indonesia

Decades after Indonesia's independence, the traces of postcolonial history are still present and palpable, especially among the descendants of Indian and Moluccan migrants, who show a renewed interest in their identity and family history. In this collaboration between Rotterdam Open Doek Film Festival and CinemAsia we hear from third generation Indian artists, the Indian community in Breda and a Moluccan family, all of whom delve deeper into ''their Indonesia''.

Indian Silence

Three third-generation Indian artists delve into their own family history in an attempt to break the generations-long 'Indian silence'. How does the concealed past influence their current lives? How can they, as the third generation, express what it means to be Indian? The documentary is a starting point for a conversation about a past of the Netherlands that has often remained underexposed until now.


In this documentary we follow Dewi and Cynthia who are curious about how their Indian background has shaped their lives. What was life like for their ancestors? How did they come to the Netherlands? Why did they end up in Breda of all places?

Nusa Ina

Loey Tamaƫla is the son of a prominent, now deceased KNIL soldier, who, like most Moluccans, was brought to the Netherlands with the unfulfilled promise of one day returning to his independent motherland. Now in his 60s, Loey reflects on the effects of this painful past on him and his family and the longing for a distant home.

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Sat 15 Jun

Documentary on legendary Holland Pop Festival in Kralingse Bos on show

Filmmaker Ferri Ronteltap attended the Dutch Film Academy and subsequently made several short fiction films, documentaries and television programmes. A born and bred Rotterdammer, he stood admiringly at the fence of the Kralingse Bos in 1970 as a thirteen-year-old, but did not dare to enter. Now he...

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Documentary on legendary Holland Pop Festival in Kralingse Bos on show

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