Based on the popular same titled novel by Andrea Hirata, LASKAR PELANGI follows a group of ten schoolchildren and their two inspirational teachers as they struggle with poverty and develop hopes for the future in Gantong Village. Set in the 1970s the film opens on the first day of the year at a Muhammadiyah elementary school on Belitung, Indonesia. Ten students are needed at this run down Muslim school, but at the beginning there are only nine. When the tenth student joins, the two motivated teachers dub them the “rainbow troops”, ten poverty stricken that try to shape their future through education.
Frans Leidelmeijer on LASKAR PELANGI
“The way the characters are displayed so naturally really impressed me. The children in the film are no actors. They’re all from the island where the film is shot, yet they play very natural.”
Frans Leidelmeijer (1942) is an author, art dealer and specialist in art and design. Leidelmeijer wrote multiple books on art, and organized several exhibitions and owns an art shop in Amsterdam. He is also known as an expert in the AVRO television program Tussen Kunst & Kitsch. Leidelmeijer was knighted in 1998 by Queen Beatrix for his contributions to the promotion of Dutch Applied arts.