Colonial Experiences and 
Their Legacies in Southeast Asia
An NEH Summer Institute ~ June 10 - July 5, 2019 ~ Honolulu, Hawai‘i ~ Hosted by Asian Studies Development Program

Colonialism Experiences and
Their Legacies in Southeast Asia
                                                                                     An NEH Summer Institute ~ June 10 to July 5, 2019 ~ Honolulu, Hawaii ~ Hosted by Asian Studies Development Program

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Film Series

There will be a film on every Tuesday night during the Institute to further discuss colonialisms in Southeast Asia by using films as a medium.


Films to be featured:  Max Havelaar, Amigo, Living in Fear, The Rocket


Tuesday, June 11th - Max Havelaar 

Netherlands, Indonesia, 1976, 170 mins

Dutch, Indonesian w/English subtitles 

Director: Fons Rademakers 

Writer: Multatuli (Eduard Douwes Dekker) 

Adapted from the book “Max Havelaar: Or The Coffee Auctions of the Dutch Trading Company," 1860. 


Dutch director Fons Rademakers "Havelaar" is a magnificent sweeping epic, based on a novel of the same name, telling a tale of Colonial oppression in the Dutch East Indies — today's Indonesia — in the mid 1850s. Max Havelaar was a Dutch colonial administrator with a sense of justice who struggled against a corrupt local Raja and his own corrupt racist fellow officials in favor of the ruthlessly exploited local farmers. - Wikipedia


Tuesday, June 18th - Amigo

US/Philippines, 2010, 124 mins 

English, Tagalog w/English subtitles 

Director: John Sayles


The film takes place in the Philippines in 1900 during the Philippine–American War. Amigo centers on Rafael Dacanay, kapitan of the fictional barrio of San Isidro in a rice- growing area of Luzon. His brother Simón, head of the local guerrilla band, has forced the surrender of the Spanish guardia civil outpost and charged Rafael with the task of imprisoning the guardia Captain and the barrio’s Spanish friar, Padre Hidalgo, in the name of the revolutionary government. But when the American troops chasing General Emilio Aguinaldo arrive, the Spanish officer and Padre Hidalgo are freed, and a garrison under the command of Lieutenant Ike Compton is left to ‘protect’ the barrio. The American occupation policy now changes from ‘hearts and minds’ to ‘concentration’ (what was called ‘hamletting’ during the Vietnam war) and Rafael has to answer to both the Americans and the Filipino patriots, with deadly consequences. - Wikipedia


Tuesday, June 25th - Sống trong sợ hãi (Living in Fear) 

Vietnam, 2005, 105 mins 

Vietnamese w/English subtitles 

Director: Bui Thac Chuyen


This post American War film looks at farmers accused of collaborating with the Southern government as they return to farm land laden with land mines. A good examination of conditions after the Communist victory and the long-term issues associated with the US presence in Vietnam.


Tuesday, July 2nd - ບັ້ງໄຟ บญุตดิจรวด (The Rocket)

Australia/Laos/Thailand, 2013, 95 mins 

Lao w/English subtitles
Director: Kim Mordaunt


This film is a co-production of an Australian/Laos/Thai filmmaking effort. It looks at issues related to recovery from war and the arrival of international corporations that are building dams displacing rural people from their traditional lands in Laos. Film class favorite!