SYNOPSIS: Permadi lives on the Indonesian island of Java and is a member of a World War II reenactment group called the "Niederlande Kampfgruppe". On weekends, he and his group dress up in the uniforms of the Waffen SS. Their efforts are rooted in history; according to Permadi and his friends, about 20 Dutch-Indonesians living in occupied Holland signed up to join the Waffen SS in the 1940's.
Experience the full project at pbs.org/pov/empire/
"Empire" traces the unintended consequences of Dutch colonialism across 6 continents. Official selection NYFF 2013, SXSW 2014, IDFA DocLab 2014
Directed, shot and edited by Kel O'Neill and Eline Jongsma (jongsmaoneill.com/)