For 12 years, filmmaker Leonard Relel Helmrich followed an Indonesian family from the slums of Jakarta and this resulted in the trilogy Eye of the Day, Shape of the Moon and Position Among the Stars. He shows us the underlying patterns of life in Indonesia, presenting them both literally and metaphorically with his revolutionary camera work. The Indonesian Sjamsuddin family is, in a way, a microcosm in which you can recognise the most important issues of life in Indonesia: corruption, conflict between religions, gambling addiction, the generation gap and the growing difference between poor and rich.
- Position Among the Stars review by JD
It starts very serenely with long shots of rural scenes. The scenes become more urban and squalid. Although these are very different and interesting insights into a very foreign culture it is not dramatic or relaxing or entertaining. The filming is pretty amateur and there is no obvious direction. It slowly falls apart and after 30 minutes I could watch no more.