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THE INDO PROJECT PRESENTS: Klanken van Oorsprong, Sounds of Origin, A Film

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11246 West Magnolia Boulevard

Los Angeles, CA 91601

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After silence that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.

(Aldous Huxley)

Sounds of origin is about the important role that artists with a Dutch Indo background have played in Dutch pop music.

In her new documentary “Sounds of origin/Klanken van Oorsprong”, director Hetty Naaijkens - Retel Helmrich (Buitenkampers, Contractpensions) shows the story of several musicians with a Dutch-Indo background. With 350.000 other Dutch-Indo’s they were forced to return to their original fatherland: the Netherlands. Once in the Netherlands, Indo-Dutch bands such as “The Tielman Brothers’” and “The Crazy Rockers” immediately got a lot of attention from the extremely enthusiastic Dutch youth, who were very eager for Rock ‘n Roll music. A lot of Dutch-Indo bands were invited in Germany, Sweden, Denmark, Spain, Israël etc.

Dutch-Indo singers like Sandra Reemer, Liesbeth List and Boudewijn de Groot also had huge sucesses. Anneke Grönloh and Ruud & Riem de Wolff (The Blue Diamonds) even gained huge international fame, as did the brothers Eddie and Alex van Halen who emigrated to the US.

Although all these musicians are very different, they have many things in common. First of all their history of war, to start all over in a foreign country and adjusting. In addition their music as the largest outlet. The documentary “Sounds of origin” is a mosaic of stories about the power of survival in difficult circumstances, the roots of the portrayed people and the search for their identity, interspersed with (swinging) music and never-before-seen archival material of both musical performances and the colonial era of Netherlands East Indies. Hetty Naaijkens - Retel Helmrich shows the audience how Dutch –Indo musicians managed to assimilate (with a hint of nostalgia) and how they changed the Dutch musical landscape and far beyond, without even knowing it.


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