Thursday, 23 February 2012

Position Among the Stars ★★★★☆

Over a decade in the making, Position Among the Stars (2010) is the final instalment of Dutch director Leonard Retel Helmrich's trilogy of documentaries following the lives of the Sjamsuddin family. Acting as a portal into the lives of just one of many improvised families currently living amongst the fragile shanty towns of Jakarta, Helmrich's intensely beautiful study of this domestic microcosm of Indonesian life is as socially important as it is enjoyable.

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