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In a span of ninety minutes the film aims to show how the Netherlands administered its colony as a colonial enterprise and what the relations were like at the time. The usual commentary has been omitted and in its place poems and songs in Bahasa Indonesia have been included in a digital sound composition. In Mother Dao the Turtlelike, the viewer sees how the colonial machinery in the 1920s was implanted in a world so different from Western Europe.
This cleverly produced selection from over 200 films made of colonial Indonesia has some fascinatingly memorable bits. The crocodile hunt, the shot of the baby smoking a cigarette and sucking his mothers' nipple alternatively and the making and shipping of tobacco.
It is clearly a pinko attempt to get you all shocked about colonialism, but ends up being interesting, informative and a contrast to Indonesia today. The poetry read over the scenes is suitably lefty, and not very good, it is black & white. If you have a better film in mind, see it.
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