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Once every while we make a post about someone who we want to support, we know, or we respect.

Last time we choose Cap Bagon Tatu.

This time we want to support Leonard Retel Helmrich.

Leonard Retel Helmrich is a writer, cinematographer, and most notable a Dutch-Indonesian film director.

Het Phoenix Mysterie was his first feature film. His documentary The Shape of the Moon won the Joris Ivens Award at IDFA 2004 and the Grand Jury Prize for World Cinema Documentary at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival.

As the developer of single-shot cinema (a theoretical perspective and practical technique involving long takes with a constantly moving camera) and the SteadyWing (a camera mount that enables greater stability and maneuverability while shooting), Retel Helmrich has taught workshops around the world.

His last work is the last part of the trilogy called Position Among The Stars.

“Position of the Stars”, the final part of a trilogy, follows the award- winning documentaries “Eye of the Day” and “Shape of the Moon”. Through the eyes of grandmother Rumidjah, we see the economical changing society of Indonesia and the influence of globalization reflected in the life of her juvenile granddaughter Tari.

Yesterday we had the honour to meet this man, and talk about and watch his documentary. It’s an stunning, honest, touching image of a life here in Jakarta, Indonesia. That feeling you can’t describe here if you live in this city, he directly put his finger on the right place.

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Come on and check this beautiful documentary out!