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Re-Visions: Silver Dove, Golden Times, Steely Looks

This review of our festival history is dedicated to a found footage collage that was awarded the Silver Dove in 1995: some 280,000 metres of nitrate film, condensed into “a kinematographic image of the Dutch-Indies 1912 – c. 1933”. The silent footage of colonial masters learns to speak. The perspective they conserve is unmasked.

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Mother Dao, the Turtlelike Vincent Monnikendam
“A kinematographic image of the Dutch-Indies 1912 – c.1933”, assembled from silent footage commissioned by the colonial rulers, learns to speak: in the stories of the colonized.
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Mother Dao, the Turtlelike

Moeder Dao, de schildpadgelijkende
Vincent Monnikendam
Re-Visions
Documentary Film
Netherlands
1995
88 minutes
Dutch,
Indonesian
subtitles: 
English
No Premiere

Vincent Monnikendam calls his archive film “a kinematographic image of the Dutch-Indies 1912 – c. 1933” in the subtitle, echoing the ponderous bureaucratic language of the Dutch authorities who at the time commissioned the footage he re-edited. He condensed some 280,000 metres of nitrate film, shot by professionals but left largely uncut, into a compilation about indigenous people and their immigrant rulers in the former colony. The originally silent footage begins to speak – not in an explanatory voiceover, but in the songs and stories of the colonized. The images are unchanged. But they have to be read in a new way.


Sylvia Görke

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26.10.
#252
Passage Kinos Wintergarten
Mother Dao, the Turtlelike
During Checkout you can apply discounts or your accreditation.
26.10.2021
Passage Kinos Wintergarten
#252
Mother Dao, the Turtlelike
During Checkout you can apply discounts or your accreditation.

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Vincent Monnikendam
Rade Miličević
Vincent Monnikendam
Vincent Monnikendam
Licky Zydower
Albert Markus
Jan-Dries Groenendijk
Hans van der Marck

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