Mother Dao the Turtlelike

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This interesting Dutch documentary offers a look, via archival film clips, at Dutch colonialism in Indonesia during the early 20th century.

These old films were made to educate people in Holland about activities in the West Indies and include shots of native religious ceremonies and daily habits, as well as propagandistic shots of the natives being civilized by the colonists who avoided native ways as much as possible during their stay there.

The film is not narrated so as to let viewers draw their own conclusions. The soundtrack is comprised of Indonesian music and songs as well as several spoken poems.

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