Watch Tabee Toean and many more documentaries!

  • Subscribe to our catalogue of 600+ documentaries
  • The first month for €1.49
  • No strings attached. Cancel online at anytime
  • We share the revenu directly with the documentary makers
Learn more about DocsOnline

Tabee Toean by Verheul, Tom

Story
In Tabee Toean - meaning Goodbye Sir in Indonesian - five veterans of the Indonesian War of Independence (1945-1949) share their recollections, telling us how they as young soldiers, unprepared for guerrilla warfare, found themselves in a devils circle of excessive violence and cruelty.

Historic Interest
On the 17th of August 1945, Sukarno proclaimed Indonesia's independence. Being the colonial rulers, the Dutch sent troops to restore order. It turned out to be the beginning of a bloody guerrilla war in which thousands were killed. More than 45 years later, the memories of these police actions as they were euphemistically called in The Netherlands have by no means faded for those who fought in the Dutch East Indies.

Human Interest
By taking the veterans back to the places in Indonesia where they had their painful experiences, director Verheul succeeds splendidly in bringing the past to life. A former lieutenant returns to the village where he 'downed' his first native and speaks with a witness and relatives. Questions thrust themselves upon us: what makes somebody shoot or torture another man? Is forgiving possible? And especially: how would I behave under those circumstances?

Director
Verheul, Tom
Copyright Holder
Thom
Duration
86 min.
Year of release
1995
Language
English

More Documentaries

  • 50 min.

    Purple Hearts

    Broekhoven, Roel van, 2004

    A photo series that the New York photographer Nina Berman: "Purple Hearts, back from Iraq" made of wounded US Iraq veterans gave rise to the making of this documentary.

    Watch documentary
  • 75 min.

    First Kill

    Schrijber, Coco, 2001

    Provocatively, the film exposes the contradictory feelings of fear and excitement evoked by war and our ongoing fascination with war and its memory. What is the psychology of war?

    Watch documentary
  • 51 min.

    Treatment for traitors

    Bertels, Ike, 1983

    Documentary compilation from historic footage shot by the National Institute of Cinema in Mozambique which looks at the rehabilitation of former colonial government collaborators by the government of Samora Machel, the former president of mozambique.

    Watch documentary
  • 165 min.

    The Secret Files

    Courriere, Yves & Monnier, Philip, 1972

    After the Second World War the dissolution of European imperialism was inevitable. The raising demands for self-determination and equality of Asian and African peoples led to worldwide decolonization.

    Watch documentary
  • 55 min.

    Across the border

    Vredeveld, Saskia, 1999

    In this film, four white South African veterans who fought on the border of occupied Namibia and Angola in the 70s and 80s together with thousands of other young white conscript soldiers reflect on their terrifying adventures.

    Watch documentary
  • 90 min.

    The color of sacrifice

    Boucif, Mourad, 2006

    The documentary is about men who came from the colonised countries and were forced to enlist and play a crucial role during the Second World War.

    Watch documentary
  • 52 min.

    Standing Army

    Parenti, Enrico & Fazi, Thomas, 2010

    During the Second World War America made a start establishing what would later be known as the Military-Industrial Complex, an intricate relation between government legislation, weapons industry and economy.

    Watch documentary
  • 52 min.

    Tibet the Chinese Lie

    Debord, Bernard, 2009

    Situated deep in the Himalayas lies the former sovereign nation Tibet. Also known as The Roof of the World, the geographical location of this spiritual country kept it relatively isolated for centuries conserving a deep-rooted Buddhist culture.

    Watch documentary
Close Login