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Banda the Dark Forgotten Trail (2017)

In medieval centuries, a handful of nutmegs worth more than a crate of gold in European Markets. Monopoly of the Arab and the crusade wars brought European countries in the race to find ... See full summary »

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Jay Subiakto
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In medieval centuries, a handful of nutmegs worth more than a crate of gold in European Markets. Monopoly of the Arab and the crusade wars brought European countries in the race to find spice islands, which later sparked the clash of nations. Banda, the only place where nutmegs grew, became the place European nations fought over. The Dutch relinquished their claim to Manhattan in exchange for Rhun, a small island in Banda, an English colony, to gain monopoly of the lucrative nutmeg and mace trade. In Banda, the first slavery and massacre happened in Indonesia. But there too, the spirit of nationalism and multicultural identity was born.

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Indonesia

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3 August 2017 (Indonesia) See more »

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Maluku Islands, Indonesia

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LifeLike Pictures See more »
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Visual indulgence, narrative jumble
8 August 2017 | by photo-762-52381See all my reviews

The documentary movie "Banda: The Dark Forgotten Trail" is visually stunning in parts but a narrative mess with disjointed clips telling several stories without a coherent structure. The director's visual self indulgence is unrestrained ("I let the six DoPs shoot any scenes they wanted") and this buries the narrative rhythm and suffocates any dramatic development of a story. A study of uncontrolled excess and style over substance.


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