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 ...
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The residents of Kampung Tirang live in dilapidated shacks just to earn for their next meal. The hardworking and reliable Turah has been appointed by the cooperative leader to tend to ... See full summary »
A group of civilians share a bus ride to Sampar, a town full of natural resources. It is heavily guarded by the state army who is fighting against the rebel militias, who want freedom over their homeland.
For ANGGIA (INDAH PERMATASARI), the most annoying creature in school is ALVARO (JEFFRY NICHOLS). The rese guy became KETUA OSIS, while Anggia became his deputy. They never get along in ... See full summary »
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.
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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