Film Schedule

Stand van de Maan (Shape of the Moon) (2004)

When: February 29, 2008, 7 pm


Presented by: Leonard Retel Helmrich, Director

In Indonesia, the world's largest Islamic nation, a Christian widow with two Muslim sons tries to survive the country's social and political chaos, against the backdrop of an increasingly fundamentalist climate. This fervently beautiful, verité-style documentary combines an intimate portrait of a family with a sharp eye for the natural and political environment that shapes their lives.

Leonard Retel Helmrich has made numerous award-winning documentaries. He was born in 1959 in Tilburg, the Netherlands. In 1986, he finished his studies at the Dutch Film and Television Academy and made his debut with the feature film The Phoenix Mystery in 1990. His documentary Moving Objects (1991) won several prizes at international film festivals. For the past few years, he has led workshops on his "single-shot" theory around the world including art academies in Kansas and Jakarta. In addition to teaching, he has shot several documentaries before, during and after Suharto stepped down as a president. With his feature documentary The Eye of the Day, he instantly became famous in the documentary film world and won many international awards. His follow-up film, Shape of the Moon, won the prestigious Joris Ivens Award at the IDFA competition 2004 in Amsterdam, as well as the top documentary award at the Sundance Film Festival.

Be sure to check out Leonard Retel Helmrich "Single-Shot Cinema" Documentary Filmmaking Workshop on March 1, 2008.

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