Position Among the Stars

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Position among the Stars
Position Among the Stars FilmPoster.jpeg
Directed by Leonard Retel Helmrich
Produced by Scarabeefilms
Written by Hetty Naaijkens-Retel Helmrich
Leonard Retel Helmrich
Cinematography Leonard Retel Helmrich
Edited by Jasper Naaijkens
Distributed by Cinema Delicatessen
Release date
  • 17 November 2010 (2010-11-17)
Running time
109 minutes
Country Netherlands
Language Indonesian

Position Among the Stars (Dutch: Stand van de Sterren) is a 2010 documentary directed by Leonard Retel Helmrich. It was released on 17 November 2010 as the opening film of the IDFA (International Documentary Festival Amsterdam).

The documentary is the continuation of Eye of the Day and Shape of the Moon and follows again the Sjamsuddin family, consisting of three generations, living in the slums of Jakarta, Indonesia.


  • Leonard Retel Helmrich
  • Hetty Naaijkens-Retel Helmrich


Bakti quarrels with his wife. He uses holy water for his fighting fish, and she takes revenge by cooking them.

He is upset after his mother has taught his little nephew a Christian prayer since the boy is raised as a Muslim.

Bakti's stepdaughter passes her final examination. With a mortgage on the home, they finance her university study.


  • VPRO IDFA Award for Best Feature-Length Documentary - Amsterdam International Documentary Film Festival
  • IDFA Award for Best Dutch Documentary - Amsterdam International Documentary Film Festival
  • Big Stamp for Best Documentary in the International Competition - ZagrebDox


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