The East

Dir: Jim Taihuttu
Cast: Martijn Lakemeier, Marwan Kenzari, Jonas Smulders
137mins   2021   The Netherlands   15   Dutch | Indonesian | English | Japanese    Subtitled   

1946, just after World War II, more than 100,000 young soldiers are shipped from the Netherlands to the Dutch East Indies to fight yet another war- the Indonesian War of Independence.

Here a young Dutch recruit joins an elite army squad led by a man known as “The Turk”. When the fighting intensifies between the Indonesian freedom fighters and their colonial oppressors, the young soldier finds himself torn between duty and conscience as he begins to question his commander’s brutal strategies to suppress the Indonesian resistance.

'An unrelenting condemnation of the Netherlands' misguided attempt to return its colonial outreach' - Marc Savlov, Austin Chronicle