I watched Laskar Pelangi, Rainbow Troops, which is based on a book by the same name written by Andrea Hirata. It’s about a group of poor school kids and their devoted teachers in Gantung, Belitung Island, Indonesia, in the 1970’s. More information on the book/film can be found at wikipedia.
This is the location where it’s set:
And here is where you can watch the movie with English subtitles (hit the little cc button if you don’t see them appear right away).
The movie made me laugh and cry. I thought it was really good. I liked two of the kids in particular; Lintang and Mahar. Mahar is really funny about midway through the movie, and he cracks me up how he keeps calling the other kids, “Boy.” He has a swagger that is so endearing. Lintang is super intelligent and a really good kid. I liked him a lot because he was also the glue that held others together in places.
I recommend the film if anyone is interested in the topic. I haven’t read the book but I’m assuming it would be as good as, if not better than, the film.