Selling a Colonial War

by In-Soo Radstake

Contemporary Lives, TEEN

Doc, Italian Premiere

(Netherlands / 2023 / 132’)


In the Netherlands, colonial history is slowly but surely being rewritten. It has long been clear that what the Dutch government at the time described as “police actions”—the deployment of the army in response to Indonesia’s declaration of independence in 1945—was in fact an unlawful war.
Through interviews with international experts, In-Soo Radstake’s documentary reveals how far the Dutch rulers went in selling the war as a domestic affair, intended to restore peace among the population. Under international pressure, the Dutch government gave up its colonial war, but the propaganda from the past still hangs over the current public debate.

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