Wacana kolonial dalam film Moeder Dao, de schildpadgelijkende

Jugiarie Soegiarto

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Documentary maker Vincent Monnikendam compiled the film Mother Dao, the
turtlelike (1995) from more than 200 titles of archived films of the Dutch-Indies,
shot between 1912 to ca. 1933. This film is neither a remake nor an edited
version, but a kind of collage from those hundreds of archival films, all were
silent. Monnikendam re-arranged the images and provided them with a new
sound frame, consisting of songs, chantings and poems, in Indonesian, Old
Javanese, and Sundanese. This new composition is not just creative but also
quite provocative. With this arrangement the cineast wanted to show that there
was something not quite right with colonialism. Through the new composition
of images and the sound framing we can observe the power relation between
the colonizer and the colonized. There are contrasts between the colonial and
the colonized, literally as well as metaphorically. These contrasts raised some
questions about the colonial discourse.
Original languageIndonesian
Pages (from-to)317-347
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2008

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