Country: Netherlands,
Duration: 31 mins
|52 Seconds
Sound: Stereo
Ratio: 16:9
Available Format/s: HD Video / / / HD Digital file
Original Format: HD video


The film Instruction taps into the unresolved episode of the Dutch military intervention in Indonesia after the end of WW II, euphemistically called a “police action”. The film casts a group of young cadets from the Royal Netherlands Military Academy reading out and discussing a script composed of authentic material relating to the conflict: personal travelogues, broadcast transcripts and memoirs. Instruction questions the position of an individual in a larger political framework and in a different political and social environment, in a condition where the individual is malleable and even vulnerable, but still under the challenge of ethical responsibility. The film thus performs an instructive function but maintains a certain ambiguity that leaves open questions for a public discussion yet to come.

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