Synopsis by Clarke Fountain
This Indonesian drama celebrates one of that nation's great heroes in the battle for independence from the Netherlands. Rebellions against Dutch colonial overlordship in Southeast Asia flared up from time to time from the beginning of Dutch rule right up until its end. In this story, in 1896 Tjoet Nja 'Dhien (Christine Hakim) the widow of a rebel leader operating in the Sultanate of Aceh (on the island of Sumatra) takes up the battle when her husband Teuku Uma is killed in an ambush. For the next ten years, despite incredible personal obstacles such as failing eyesight, she remained in the thick of the fray.