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Synopsis

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 many 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.
 

 
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Festival Selections

European Independent Film Award

Top Indie Film Awards

International Independent Film Awards

Asian Cinematography AWARDS

European Cinematography AWARDS

New York Cinematography AWARDS

European Screen Awards

Cinema World Fest Awards

Cult Critic Movie Awards

17th Accolade Global Film Competition

Close:Up Edinburgh Docufest

Calcutta International Cult Film Festival 

19th International Festival Signs of the Night - Bangkok

L'Age d'Or International Arthouse Film Festival

DRUK International Film Festival

Five Continents International Film Festival

11th P.O.P. Academy of Excellence in Cinematic Arts

Miami Independent Film Festival

Tagore International Film Festival

12th Blow-Up International Arthouse Film Festival

Uruvatti International Film Festival

Port Blair International Film Festival

23th Madurai International Documentary and Short Film Festival

Košice International Monthly Film Festival

8th Nepal Human Rights International Film Festival

Black Board International Film Festival

Alternative Film Festival

IMPACT DOCS

7th Docs Without Borders

9th Family Film Project 

Latitude Film Awards 

Virgin Spring Cinefest

10th Cambodia International Film Festival

Pápa International Historical Film Festival

Stockholm City Film Festival

8th AegeanDocs International Film Festival 

Crown Wood International Film Festival

The History Film Festival

Madras Independent Film Festival

7th FICLAPAZ - La Paz International Film Festival

Tripvill International Film Festival

Golden Sparrow International Film Festival

26th Hot Docs (The Doc Shop section Recommends)

Rome Independent Prisma Film Awards

Gona Film Awards

South Film and Arts Academy Festival

5th Changing Face International Film Festival

Indo French International Film Festival 

PickurFlick Indie Film Festival

Liberty Film Awards

50th Visions du Réel (Media Library)

Pattaya International Film Festival

Amdabad Film Festival 

11th IndieFEST

Indapur Film Festival

IndieVisions Film Festival

Rameshwaram International Film Festival

Spotlight Documentary Film Awards

Fusion International Film Festival - East Europe

9th Lift-Off Global Network: First-Time Filmmaker Sessions

Eurasia International Monthly Film Festival

Santiago Independent Film Awards

Black Swan International Film Festival

5th AAB Film Festival 

Accord Cine Fest

WFC Singapore

WUIFF

 

 
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Awards

Nominees

Nominee JEAN LUC GODARD AWARD 

Nominee Golden Dragon Awards (Druk International Film Festival) 

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 (Changing Face International Film Festival)

Nominee Best Feature Documentary (Calcutta International Cult Film Festival)

Nominee Pigeon D'or Award (L’Age d’Or International Arthouse Film Festival)

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

Nominee Best Documentary Film (P.O.P. Academy of Excellence in Cinematic Arts)

Nominee Best Experimental Film (Pápa International Historical Film Festival)

Nominee Sun Of The East Award (Tagore International Film Festival)

Nominee Golden Galaxy Awards (Virgin Spring Cinefest)

Nominee FONSECA AWARD 

 

Winners

Winner Best Motion Picture (P.O.P. Academy Awards)

Winner Platinum Award (European Independent Film Award)

Winner Award of Excellence (Cinema World Fest Awards)

Winner Platinum Award (European Screen Awards)

Winner Silver Award (International Independent Film Awards)

Winner Best Documentary & Best Dutch Film (European Cinematography AWARDS)

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

Winner Best Feature Documentary & Editing (Top Indie Awards)

Winner Best Feature Documentary (Rome Independent Prisma Awards)

Winner Best Feature Documentary (Rameshwaram International Film Festival)

Winner Best Feature Documentary (Black Board International Film Festival) 

Winner Best Feature Documentary (Eurasia International Monthly Film Festival)

Winner Best Feature Documentary (Indo French International Film Festival) 

Winner Best Feature Documentary (Santiago Independent Film Awards)

Winner Best Feature Documentary (DRUK International Film Festival)

Winner Best Feature Documentary (Virgin Spring Cinefest) 

Winner Best Feature Documentary (PickurFlick Indie Film Festival)

Winner Best Feature Documentary (Gona Film Awards)

Winner Best Feature Documentary (Tagore International Film Festival) 

Winner Best Feature Documentary (Liberty Film Awards)

Winner Best Director (Madras Independent Film Festival)

Winner Best Debut Director Feature (Accord Cine Fest)

Winner Best First Documentary (Stockholm City Film Festival)

Winner Best Debut Filmmaker Award (L’Age d’Or International Arthouse Film Festival)

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

Winner Best Debuts Award (Close:Up Edinburgh Docufest)

Winner Exceptional Merit Award (Docs Without Borders)

Winner Special Jury Award (Golden Sparrow International Film Festival)

Winner Special Jury Award (Uruvatti International Film Festival)

Winner Special Jury Award (Port Blair International Film Festival) 

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 (WFC Singapore)

Winner Outstanding Achievement Award (Black Swan International Film Festival)

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)

Winner Honorable Mention (WUIFF)

 
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OFF THE HILL Productions 
(former Magilla Productions)


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