Een Ontdekkingsreis naar Tarakan / A Journey to Tarakan

35mm, colour/black&white, 47 minutes, DolbySR
Co-production by: Doing Film and Filmmuseum
editing by: Erik van de Belt
sound by: Charly van Rest/Alex Booy
produced by: Frank Roumen



Filmmaker Karel Doing follows the steps of his uncle Ed Huis in't Veld. In 1942 his uncle was executed by the Japanese occupation army during one of the first battles in the former Dutch-Indies. Sixtythree years later Doing searches for remains, keeping a diary in spoken word, sound and Super8 images. He visits the harbours were the mailships stopped on their way to the Dutch-Indies (Amsterdam, Genova, Port-Said, Colombo). He films in Jakarta, Surabaya, on Borneo (the jungle road between Samarinda and Berau) and on Tarakan, a small island with rich oil wells. Fragments from his uncles letters, archive footage from the extensive Filmmuseum collection and the director's diary are combined in a fascinating mix.

Screenings history:

Independent Film/Video Festival Indonesia (Jakarta)
Filmmuseum (Amsterdam)
Singapore International Film Festival (Singapore)
European Media Art Festival (Osnabrück)
Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (Karlovy Vary)

Asiatica Film Mediale
(Rome)
Bali International Film Festival (Denpassar)
Media Wave (Györ)
Nova Cinema (Brussels)
Jiffest (Jakarta)
Tong Tong Festival (Den Haag)
ID - Contemporary art in Indonesia (Berlin)