Released in 1954, restored in 2012 this will be a must-see for fans of rare, rewarding film experiences.
Scripted by the poet Asrul Sani and directed by Usmar Ismail this little known classic is widely regarded in the archipelago as one of the most important in the history of Indonesian cinema. Fueled by political anger and disillusionment, this passionate, visually potent work looks directly at a crucial moment of conflict in Indonesian history: the aftermath of the four-year revolution which brought an end to Dutch rule. Usmar Ismail enjoyed his greatest success with this heartbreaking tale of a revolutionary hero’s return to civilian life, and his confrontation of a new society cheapened by government repression and bourgeois complacency.
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