1988. Tjoet Nja Dhien

Tjoet  Nja' Dhien leads her band of guerillas Director : Eros Djarot
Production Company : Kanta Indah Film
Screenplay : Eros Djarot
Cinematography : George Kamarullah
Editing : Karsono Hadi
Production Design : Benny Benhardi
Music : Idris Sardi
Cast : Christine Hakim, Pietrajaya Burnama, Rita Zahara, Slamet Rahardjo Djarot
Print Source : P. T. Ekapraya, Jakarta
Year of Production : 1988
Running Time : 105 mins.
Languages : Indonesian, Acehnese and Dutch, with English subtitles by SBSTV Australia
Format DVD in PAL format (Letterboxing to retain the original wide screen format.)
The Poet and Tjoet's daughter, Gambang, in a discussion  on a hill top.

Between 3 Worlds now has rights to distribute this highly acclaimed film internationally on both video and DVD . The video is available in both PAL ( UK & Australia) and NTSC (USA) electronic systems. The DVD is a single layered DVDin PAL system and is Region Coded O. It can be played on computers in most countries or on most recent DVDplayers connected to PAL compatible TV monitors or to any video projector. A study guide for the film is provided with both videos and DVDs.

One of the most famous films ever made in Indonesia, Tjoet Nja’ Dhien tells the epic story of the Indonesian national heroine, Tjoet Nja’ Dhien, who led a band of guerrillas fighting against Dutch colonial forces in the mountains of Aceh in Sumatra in the early twentieth century. Despite a series of besetting intrigues caused by changing loyalties among Acehnese chiefs, some of whom were persuaded to side with the colonisers, for six years Tjoet and her group evaded and harassed Dutch forces sent out to capture them, her charismatic presence and her powers of survival stirring the local people to continue opposition to the Dutch.

Poster for the  film Tjoet Nja' Dhien

Tjoet Nja Dhien was the first Indonesian film invited to Cannes and also won nine Citra awards at the nationally prestigious Indonesian Film Festival held in Jakarta in 1988, establishing Eros Djarot as a formidable director. The film stars the internationally acclaimed Indonesian actress Christine Hakim in a remarkable performance that shows the full range of her commitments and skills as an actress. A visually stunning film, some of its most powerful images are based on notorious Dutch photographs of the war in Aceh, the longest continuous war in Dutch history.

Tjoet Nja Dhien was the wife, chief strategist and political mentor of the rebel leader Teuku Umar in the strongly Islamic Aceh region in the north of Sumatra island. After her husband’s death in a Dutch ambush in February 1899, Tjoet Nja’ Dhien took over leadership of the band of guerrillas. This compelling portrait of Tjoet Nja’ Dhien provides insight into Indonesian colonial history, emphasising the historical importance of Islam in the resistance to Western colonialism in Indonesia, and the right to survival of indigenous cultures. This story of a woman as a charismatic rebel leader in a colonial war, and of her daughter, who continued her mother’s struggle, exemplifies a politics of cinema that challenges the more stereotyped portraits of women in film in Indonesia.