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Leonard Helmrich

Leonard Retel Helmrich

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Leonard Retel Helmrich is a Dutch filmmaker who worked as a drama director and cameraman in the Netherlands before going to Indonesia to make a series of documentaries that have won awards world wide. His most famous film Shape Of The Moon won Best Documentary in the World Docs Competition at Sundance 2005 as well as at the International Documentary Film festival Amsterdam (IDFA) in 2004. Leonard developed a theoretical perspective for his work as well as a practical technique for an approach that he calls 'single shot cinema', involving long takes with a constantly moving camera. He has also designed a special camera mount that allows extraordinary stability and maneuverability in shooting.
Having spent years designing this technique he now also runs workshops for broadcasters and with filmmakers to share his skills, most recently in Amsterdam, Belgium, Kansas City USA, South Africa, Germany, Indonesia and Sydney Australia. His workshop program is designed for 15 participants and the workshop will run for 3 or 4 days. The workshop is for experienced filmmakers, especially directors who do their own shooting or DOP's planning to move into directing.


Het Phoenix mysterie (93´, Netherlands, 1990)
Moving Objects (50´, Netherlands, 1991)
Jemand auf der Treppe (50´, Netherlands, 1994)
The Eye of the Day/ De stand van de zon (94´, Netherlands, 2001)
Flight from Heaven (50´, Netherlands, 2003)
Stand van de maan/ Shape of the Moon (92´, Netherlands, 2004)
Promised Paradise (52´, Netherlands/Indonesia, 2006)
Stand van de Sterren/ Position Among the Stars (115´, Netherlands/Indonesia, 2010)
Hollandse Nieuwe/Raw Herring (90', Netherlands, 2013)


Haiku - Leonard Retel Helmrich

Haiku - Leonard Retel Helmrich (Orig.) / Indonesia / 1 min


Helmrich 2

Haiku - Leonard Retel Helmrich 2

Haiku - Leonard Retel Helmrich 2 (Orig.) / Indonesia / 1 min



Position among the stars

Position among the stars (Orig.) / 2010 / Netherlands / 100 min

For 12 years, filmmaker Leonard Retel Helmrich followed an Indonesian family from the slums of Jakarta...



Shape of the Moon

Shape of the Moon (Orig.) / 2004 / Netherlands / 92 min

Indonesia is the fourth biggest nation in the world, and the country with the largest Muslim community on the globe.



The Eye Of The Day

The Eye Of The Day (Orig.) / 2001 / Indonesia, Netherlands / 92 min

In 1998 a deep political and economic crisis forced President Suharto to resign after 32 years in power...





“My work has two strands: the first one deals with direct political images of violence, aggression and protest, mostly in Israeli-Palestinian context. It’s critique of news media, researching the complex, both realistic and surrealistic aspects of these images. The second strand of videos is more abstract and universal, dealing with cognitive, environmental and existential issues,” says the director about his works.

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- 16.1.2017 -

Charter 77

Charter 77

We commemorate the 40th anniversary of the founding of Charter 77 by presenting documentary profiles of the signatories to this important initiative of anti-communist resistance. Learn more about the context of this historical event by means of an authentic film experience.

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- 10.1.2017 -

Merry and Cinematic Christmas from DAFilms!

Merry and Cinematic Christmas from DAFilms!

A bonus subscription to DAFilms.com is a present you will never get tired of thanks to its diversity. You can get it for your close ones or just for yourself.

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