On Tuesday, the judge will rule in summary proceedings that the Federation of Dutch East Indies (FIN) had brought against the makers of

De Oost,

Jim Taihuttu's new film about the Indonesian War of Independence.

The FIN wants a disclaimer on the film that emphasizes the fictional character.

According to producer Sander Verdonk, there would be a disclaimer anyway, but not the disclaimer proposed by the FIN.

"Our film is an artistic interpretation of historical facts," Verdonk told NU.nl. "If we had to post that disclaimer, it would be a violation of freedom of expression." Verdonk entered into talks with FIN at an earlier stage, but says he did not agree.

The FIN states, among other things, that the film makes claims that are not supported by historical facts, which may give the impression that the film represents reality.

According to the FIN, the film would show that Dutch soldiers were sent to the Dutch East Indies 'to put down the Indonesian struggle for freedom' while in reality they were mainly sent to end the bersiap (the extremely violent period in the Dutch and Indonesian history that lasted from October 1945 to early 1946, ed.).

"Our film only starts after the bersiap", says Verdonk.

"The disclaimer they want is therefore historically incorrect."

In response to the trailer, the FIN also criticized Dutch soldiers who were depicted in black uniforms, the mustache of KNIL captain Raymond Westerling and the gothic font that is used.

All these elements would be reminiscent of Nazi Germany.

In reality, the soldiers wear dark green uniforms.

The gothic font was also used by director Jim Taihuttu in his film


Correction: An earlier version of this document stated that De Oost had decided to place a disclaimer due to the objections of the FIN.

That is not correct, according to Sander Verdonk.