• Position Among the Stars

    2010. The Netherlands. Leonard Retel Helmrich. 111 min.

Sunday, September 18, 2011, 6:00 p.m.

Theater 2 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 2), T2

  • Position Among the Stars

    2010. The Netherlands. Directed by Leonard Retel Helmrich. Having followed the Sjamsuddin family for 12 years, Helmrich’s camera observes the often strained but thoroughly human interactions between its members in the final part of the trilogy. Orphaned Tari, who was a toddler in the first film, is now graduating high school, and the film begins with her uncle Bakti bringing back Rumidjah, his mother, from the countryside to the city of Jakarta. There is a heightened sense of reality in this film that verges on fiction, as spectacular scenes unfold in bold juxtapositions. Compared to the two earlier installments in the trilogy, the camera in this final chapter seems to have taken on a life of its own, swerving in and out of the action and embracing different points of view. Position Among the Stars will have its U.S. broadcast premiere on HBO2 on September 28, 2011. Courtesy HBO Documentary Films. 111 min.