A film about Sako, an eccentric Indonesian man with Chinese roots. Sako is struggling with his past. He is traumatized because of the murder of his innocent father, who was one of the approximately half to a million alleged communists that were killed in the transition period to the Suharto regime in Indonesia in 1965. Besides communists, a number of farmers, unionists and Chinese were also among the victims. Sadly, this brutal period is still taboo in Indonesia and what makes it more painful for Sako is that during this time, he supported the responsible regime. To break the taboo and process his trauma, Sako ventured out with his camcorder and filmed people close to him and talked with them about their experiences related to this past.
Machiel van den Heuvel started his film career at the University of Amsterdam where he followed a documentary course called POLDOX. This course had a huge impact on Machiel and made him realize that his destiny is filmmaking. Because of this, he continued his film education and studied ‘Film Directing’ at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Ghent. At this Film Academy, Machiel was seen as a filmmaker with authorship. In his films, he is looking for content in stories and personalities that somehow reflect his inner life and also have a universal appeal.
This content has a few recurring themes which involves in particular: the search for meaning in life; issues of injustice and the strife for an ideal self or world.
Cannes International Independent Film Festival (upcoming)
Top Indie Film Awards (upcoming)
Nominee Best Feature Documentary (Calcutta International Cult Film Festival)
Nominee Best Feature Documentary (Alternative Film Festival)
Nominee Best Feature Film (Asian Cinematography AWARDS)
Nominee Best Director (Asian Cinematography AWARDS)
Winner Best Feature Documentary (Santiago Independent Film Awards)
Winner Best Feature Doc (Rome Independent Prisma Awards)
Winner Award of Excellence (Cinema World Fest Awards)
Winner Best First Time Director (Asian Cinematography AWARDS)
Winner Best Editing (Asian Cinematography AWARDS)
Winner Best Debuts Award (Close:Up Edinburgh Docufest)
Winner Debut Filmmaker Award (L'Age d'Or International Arthouse Film Festival)
Winner Outstanding Achievement Award (Cult Critic Movie Awards)
Winner Best Dutch Film (European Cinematography AWARDS)