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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. 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 went out with his camcorder and filmed people close to him and talked with them about their experiences related to this past.

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Director's Bio

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, particularly: the search for meaning in life; issues of injustice; the strife for an ideal self or world and a feeling that can be described as a mood of melancholy about the existence of evil and suffering in the world.

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Festival Selections

The European Independent Film Award (awards to be announced)

Top Indie Film Awards

International Independent Film Awards

Asian Cinematography AWARDS

European Cinematography AWARDS

New York Cinematography AWARDS

European Screen Awards

Docs Without Borders

The History Film Festival

Close:Up Edinburgh Docufest

Rome Independent Prisma Film Awards

L'Age d'Or International Arthouse Film Festival
Calcutta International Cult Film Festival 

Cult Critic Movie Awards

Accolade Global Film Competition

​Santiago Independent Film Awards

Alternative Film Festival

Cinema World Fest Awards

IndieVisions Film Festival



Virgin Spring Cinefest

Spotlight Documentary Film Awards

PickurFlick Indie Film Festival

Crown Wood International Film Festival

DRUK International Film Festival

Latitude Film Awards 

South Film and Arts Academy Festival

Tagore International Film Festival

Five Continents International Film Festival

Tripvill International Film Festival

50th Visions du Réel (Media Library)

8th Nepal Human Rights International Film Festival

10th Cambodia International Film Festival

WFC Singapore

Miami Independent Film Festival

Košice International Monthly Film Festival

Eurasia International Monthly Film Festival

Pattaya International Film Festival

7th FICLAPAZ - La Paz International Film Festival

8th AegeanDocs International Film Festival 

9th Family Film Project

26th Hot Docs (T.D.S. section Recommends)

Pápa International Historical Film Festival

Fusion International Film Festival - East Europe

12th Blow-Up International Arthouse Film Festival

Amdabad Film Festival

Indapur Film Festival

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Nominee Best Feature Film (Asian Cinematography AWARDS)

Nominee Best Director (Asian Cinematography AWARDS)

Nominee Best Feature Documentary (New York Cinematography Awards)

Nominee Best First Time Director (New York Cinematography Awards)

Nominee Best Feature Documentary (Alternative Film Festival)

Nominee Best Feature Documentary (Miami Independent Film Festival)

Nominee Best Feature Documentary (Five Continents International Film Festival)

Nominee Best Feature Documentary (Calcutta International Cult Film Festival)

Nominee Best Feature Documentary & Editing (Fusion International Film Festival)

Nominee Best Experimental Film (Pápa International Historical Film Festival)

Nominee FONSECA AWARD (Family Film Project)




Winner Platinum Award (European Screen Awards)

Winner Award of Excellence (Cinema World Fest Awards)

Winner Golden Merlion Award, Best Feature Documentary (WFC Singapore)

Winner Best Feature Documentary & Editing (Top Indie Awards)

Winner Best Feature Documentary (Virgin Spring Cinefest) 

Winner Best Feature Documentary (PickurFlick Indie Film Festival)

Winner Best Feature Documentary (DRUK International Film Festival)

Winner Best Feature Documentary (Tagore International Film Festival) 

Winner Best Feature Documentary (Santiago Independent Film Awards)

Winner Best Feature Documentary (Rome Independent Prisma Awards)

Winner Best Feature Documentary (Eurasia International Monthly Film Festival)

Winner Best Debut Director Feature (Accord Cine Fest)

Winner Best First Time Director & Editing Award (Asian Cinematography AWARDS)

Winner Best Debuts Award (Close:Up Edinburgh Docufest)

Winner Silver Award (International Independent Film Awards)

Winner Exceptional Merit Award (Docs Without Borders)

Winner Special Jury Award on Documentary Film (Tripvill International Film Festival)

Winner Outstanding Achievement & Best Director Award (Pattaya International Film Festival)

Winner Outstanding Achievement Award (Cult Critic Movie Awards)

Winner Outstanding Achievement Award (World Film Carnival)

Winner Best Dutch Film (European Cinematography AWARDS)

Winner Bronze Award (Spotlight Documentary Film Awards)

Winner Bronze Award (Latitude Film Awards)

Winner Best Editing In A Feature Film (South Film and Arts Academy Festival)

Winner Honorable Mention (Hollywood New Directors)

Winner Honorable Mention (Košice International Monthly Film Festival)

Winner Honorable Mention (Experimental Forum)

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              "NOBLE SAVAGE" 

         (UPCOMING FILM RELEASE, date to be announced)



This film is about Theo, an industrial cleaner who is unhappy in these modern times. He desires a better,

    more natural world but feels he isn't capable to achieve his ideals. The mudflats in the Netherlands

              offer him a way out, a place where he feels free and escapes from the modern world.


Magilla/MacHill Productions