17 000 Islands

17 000 Islands

17 000 ostrovů

Script: Thomas A. Østbye, Edwin
Photography: Thomas A. Østbye, Edwin
Editing: Edwin, Thomas A. Østbye
Sound: Carl Svensson
Music: Hai Nguyen Dinh
Producer, Co-producer: Thomas A. Østbye (PlymSerafin)
Color: Colour
Language: English

The Beautiful Indonesia Miniature Park was built under the totalitarian Suharto regime as a utopian symbol of idealized life on the country’s 17,000 islands. The park has remained open and popular even after the fall of his corrupt militaristic regime in 1998, and remains a reminder of its propaganda to this day. The audience’s interaction with the film (by manipulating the audiovisual material shot by the film crew) results in a deconstruction of and reflection upon this representation of an idealized culture.


Norwegian director Thomas A. Østbye has earned a reputation for the demanding nature of shooting his documentaries, such as Imagining Emanuel (2011) and In Your Dreams (2005), which have received dozens of prizes. Indonesian writer and director Edwin (1978) studied film at the Jakarta Arts Institute. His film Kara, Anak Sebatang Pohon (2005) was the first Indonesian film to be screened at the Directors’ Fortnight in Cannes.

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Norwegian Film Institute / Arna Marie Bersaas / Dronningens gate 16 / 0152 / Oslo / Norway / arna-marie.bersaas@nfi.no / www.nfi.no
Festival edition: 2015
Sections: Laboratorium, Transparent Landscape: Norway
Exhibition format: Video File
Subtitle languages: English


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