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The Eye of the Day
(De stand van de zon)

Director in Person
Screening on Film
$10 Special Event Tickets
Directed by Leonard Retel Helmrich.
Indonesia/Netherlands, 2001, 35mm, color, 94 min.
Indonesian and Javanese with English subtitles.

Against the backdrop of growing protests in opposition to party of Indonesian dictator Suharto and the elections that will bring Megawati to power, The Eye of the Day follows the daily lives of Rumidjah, her family and their friends. Rumidjah, a sixty-two year-old widow, lives with her children and grandchildren in a working-class section of Jakarta. The Eye of the Day encompasses the life in Rumidjah's living room as well as the political confrontations in the streets of Jakarta and the nighttime labor of scavengers at a massive garbage dump. Helmrich's patient camera reveals the drama, and striking images, in each of these locations.

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