// Your online documentary cinema //



Shape of the Moon

DIR: Leonard Retel Helmrich
2004 / Netherlands / 92 min

Stream

1.5 €

Watch the film on-line, for the lowest price, in decent quality and without need to download anything!
Tech. spec. MP4 360p
Audio tracks fr
Subtitles en

Individual purchase needed. For higher comfort we recommend to register an account here and take advantage of financial credit and stream bonus features.

AVI

3.0 €

Download the film in a very good quality to your computer and play it later and multiple times!
Tech. spec. Download AVI 360p
Audio tracks fr
Subtitles en

Individual purchase needed. For higher comfort we recommend to register an account here and take advantage of financial credit and stream bonus features.

DVD

5.0 €

Superior video quality, all DVD features, just download, burn your own DVD and watch the film from your computer or TV.
Tech. spec. Download ISO
Audio tracks fr
Subtitles en

Individual purchase needed. For higher comfort we recommend to register an account here and take advantage of financial credit and stream bonus features.

Recommend this film

Indonesia is the fourth biggest nation in the world, and the country with the largest Muslim community on the globe. In Leonard Retel Helmrich’s latest film, SHAPE OF THE MOON, the audience is transported to the heart of this almost unknown landscape through the life of one family of three generations, who are struggling to build a bridge between hope and faith.

Rumidjah, a 62-year-old widow, lives in Jakarta, Indonesia with her son Bakti and her 13-year-old granddaughter Tari. Since the fall of dictator Suharto seven years ago, she has witnessed the country passing through a tumultuous period of socio-political chaos. Rapid globalization and democratization have spawned a subculture of criminality and uncertainty. Islam, the largest religion in Indonesia, is trying to maintain order and discipline, while becoming increasingly fundamentalist in its tone, which has consequences on the everyday lives of all Indonesians, no matter their religion. Rumidjah, who is a Christian, has had more than enough of the capital’s chaos of these last years. When her son Bakti converts to Islam to marry a Muslim girl, Rumidjah seriously considers leaving the hectic city forever and moving to the safety of the countryside.

The care for her thirteen-year-old granddaughter Tari is the one and only thing that still ties Rumidjah to the city. She decides to take her on a visit to her native village in Central Java. The countryside there is bright, the sun shines almost everyday, all year round. Life is initially full of promise. Old friends of Rumidjah welcome them, and all the inhabitants of the village help her to renovate the foundations of her old wooden house. Rumidjah feels happy in the village, but for the thirteen-year-old Tari, Rumidjah sees no future in such an environment. Despite Tari’s desperate pleas to stay, Rumidjah sends her back to Jakarta with her son Bakti.

Rumidjah soon realizes that in the countryside things haven’t stayed the same either. Every day she walks through fields of rice looking for work, but mechanization has made it almost impossible to find employment on the farms. Survival as an old uneducated woman in the face of such brutal change is difficult. Rumidjah manages to find small comfort thinking of her granddaughter who is now getting a good education in Jakarta, and who will certainly get further in life. Through her faith in God, Rumidjah carries on looking for work and doesn’t lose hope for a better future.

More here.

About

Director Leonard Retel Helmrich
Screenplay Leonard Retel Helmrich, Hetty Naaijkens-Retel, Helmrich
Dir. of Photography Leonard Retel Helmrich, Ismail Fahmi Lubish
Editing Andrez de Jong, Denise Janzé, Robert Broekhof
Music Ernst Jansz, Joep Lans,Dio Oberon
Sound Ranko Paukovic, Editson
Duration 92 min
Year 2004
Country Netherlands
Colour Colour
Tags Asia, family, observational, religion, social issues, society
Production Scarabeefilms
Scarabeefilms
Address:  Lloydstraat 5
City:  3024 EA Rotterdam
Web:  www.scarabeefilms.com
E-mail:  
Phone:  +31 10 4771948
Fax:  Fax +31 10 4774049

Distribution 1 More Film/Wallie Pollé & Suzan van der…
1 More Film/Wallie Pollé & Suzan van der Veen
Address:  Meeuwenlaan 98-100
City:  1021 JL Amsterdam Noord
Country:  Netherlands
E-mail:  
Phone:  + 31 20 6353017
Fax:  + 31 20 3445145

Festivals

A.o. selected as ...

A.o. selected as opening film at IDFA 2004 and for the Joris Ivens competition and selected for Sundance 2005

Awards


News

The “Hottest“ Documentary Goods at DAFilms.com

The “Hottest“ Documentary Goods at DAFilms.com

Would you like to know which documentaries were most popular among viewers at DAFilms.com in the past six months? We have set up a TOP TEN list of most bought films for you! Will the documentary tensome be rather surprising or inspiring?

Read more…

- 15.9.2014 -

German Festival Bids Farewell

German Festival Bids Farewell

Besides offering a rich programme, the 57th edition of DOK Leipzig, the German representative of the Doc Alliance platform, is marked by a significant parting. After 11 successful years, Claas Danielsen leaves the director’s chair. How will he part with the festival?

Read more…

- 8.9.2014 -

Personal Stories, Urban Legends and National Myths

Personal Stories, Urban Legends and National Myths

For some, September means the beginning of school; for us, September means the beginning of a great documentary programme! Enjoy it with us!

Read more…

- 1.9.2014 -

More news…