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Position Among the Stars (2011)

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One family, three generations, facing globalisation in Indonesia. Twelve years ago, Dutch filmmaker Retel Helmrich decided to visit Indonesia, the birthplace of his Dutch father and Indonesian mother, looking for inspiration. The trip ignited his fascination with the country and he started filming the Shamshudin family living in a Jakarta slum. He followed them as the country shook off the rule of president Suharto (The Eye of the Day), experienced a rise of Islamic power (Shape of the Moon) and eventually nascent democracy, corruption and a widening income gap (Position Among the Stars). -- (C) Official Site

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A singularly intimate and honest experience, as powerful bonds are formed between 'us', the viewer, and 'them', the subjects.

February 14, 2012 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
Time Out
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Engrossing, poetic and often very funny, "Position," like its predecessors, uses the lens of a single family to view the tumult of an entire country.

September 14, 2011 | Rating: 4/5
New York Times
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Leonard Retel Helmrich's third documentary about the same Indonesian family is a dazzler in at least a couple ways.

September 13, 2011 | Full Review…
Village Voice
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(Critic's Pick) This patient but wildly expressionistic mosaic uses a canvas so vast that not just the subjects but fighting fish, cockroaches and the mangiest rat yet committed to cinema complete a bizarre ecosystem of co-dependence.

June 23, 2011 | Full Review…
L.A. Weekly
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It's a vivid picture of desperate people struggling to survive in a corrupt world, though formally rather too contrived for my taste.

February 19, 2012 | Full Review…
Observer (UK)

Tari is headed for college; Sriywati is headed nowhere. By the time the credits roll, you ache for them both.

February 17, 2012 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
London Evening Standard

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