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  1. Anthropologists in Art and Marie Bromander present:

    ScreenTalk#1
    Roots and ethno-genesis of a nation – Suriname and beyond…

    A film programme and discussion-afternoon

    Date:  Sunday 17th November 2013
    Time: 2.30 pm – 5.30 pm & aftertalk with drinks
    Location: WM Gallery Amsterdam, Elandsgracht 35, Amsterdam

    FILMS SCREENED:
    De Laatste Kantraki (30 min.). Director Ramdjan Abdoelrahman. Producers: Jim Swinkels, Frank Verhey. Language: Sarnami-Hindustani & Dutch. English subtitles. The Netherlands, 1988.

    Op zoek naar Roots/Back to the Roots (30 min.). Content and directing: Alex van Stipriaan, Dineke Stam. Production: Tropenmuseum, Amsterdam and Erasmus University, Rotterdam in collaboration with NiNsee, Beeld-tv and ImagineIC. Participants: Gwen Denswil, Verno Romney, Kwinsie Cruden, Charissa Doelwijt, Stacey Esajas, Herby Goedhard, Jetty Mathurin, Marcel Pinas. Language: Dutch & English. English subtitles. The Netherlands, 2008.

    SAAMAKA: The culture of the Saramaccans (50 min.). Karel Doing (in collaboration with the artist collective Totomboti, Suriname), based on Djoeka by L.C. Reedijk. Production: Doing Films. Original footage: Eye Film Institute. Language: Saramaccans. English subtitles. The Netherlands, 1928/2010.

    PARTICIPANTS:
    Prof. Dr. Alex van Stipriaan (Curator of Latin America and the Caribbean, Tropenmuseum Amsterdam & Professor of Caribbean History, Erasmus University Rotterdam)
    Britt-Marie van der Drift (MSc Cultural Studies)

    Moderator: Sebastian Rypson

    N.B: Please come on time. Limited seating.

    More about ScreenTalk: (PUT HYPERLINK HERE TO AIA WEBSITE WITH GENERAL INFO ABOUT SCREENTALK PROGRAMME)

    About ScreenTalk#1 Roots and ethno-genesis of a nation – Suriname and beyond…
    As part and parcel of the exhibition “Wij en de Wereld – Multiple perspectives in the portrayal of the Surinamese: 1873 - 2013” exhibition, AiArt, in collaboration with cultural analyst Marie Bromander have put together a film programme and discussion-afternoon that aims to deepen the understanding of the ethno-historical development of Suriname.

    Based on tantalizing documentaries and an artist movie that deals with the culture and history of Suriname and beyond, ScreenTalk#1 will explore issues of the legacy of colonialism and the construction of roots and cultural identity. In a broader sense, the history of Suriname is also the history of the Netherlands, Europe and the rest of the world. We will travel between different times and places; from the Netherlands to Suriname, India, the African continent and back. This will be done by presenting films with topics ranging from the customs and habits of the Maroons to the imported indentured labourers in Suriname after the abolition of slavery, as well as the identity and culture of migrants and their descendants in the Netherlands.

    About the films:

    De Laatste Kantraki (30 min.). Director Ramdjan Abdoelrahman. Producers: Jim Swinkels, Frank Verhey. Language: Sarnami-Hindustani & Dutch. English subtitles. The Netherlands, 1988.

    In this documentary, Aji Ramlali Jhagroe, one of many Surinamese Hindoestani that was brought by the Dutch from former British-India to Suriname, tells the story of her life; from her poverty stricken youth in India, the promises of the recruiters, her arrival in Suriname in 1910, the work on the plantation, meeting the man she was to marry, the conflict with one of the supervisors, life in Suriname after her contract labour ended, to her moving to the Netherlands due to the increasing uncertainty in Suriname with the impending independence. This is a fascinating life story about contract labour from a micro-level perspective spanning across several continents.

    Op zoek naar Roots/Back to the Roots (30 min.). Content and directing: Alex van Stipriaan, Dineke Stam. Production: Tropenmuseum, Amsterdam and Erasmus University, Rotterdam in collaboration with NiNsee, Beeld-tv and ImagineIC. Participants: Gwen Denswil, Verno Romney, Kwinsie Cruden, Charissa Doelwijt, Stacey Esajas, Herby Goedhard, Jetty Mathurin, Marcel Pinas. Language: Dutch & English. English subtitles. The Netherlands, 2008.

    ”Op zoek naar Roots/Back to the Roots” is a quest for emotion, understanding and identity in the African diaspora. The way in which art and science can assist each other is explored, as a result of which the project does not restrict itself solely to examining what roots are but also how they manifest themselves as well. The key question of the project is 'What are roots and what are their main characteristics?' Professor Alex van Stipriaan used this as a starting point for the project which set out to identify the African roots of descendents of slaves from Suriname, the Dutch Antilles and Aruba with much greater precision, involving young talents as well as established artists from the Netherlands.


    SAAMAKA: The culture of the Saramaccans (50 min.). Karel Doing (in collaboration with the artist collective Totomboti, Suriname), based on Djoeka by L.C. Reedijk. Production: Doing Films. Original footage: Eye Film Institute. Language: Saramaccans. English subtitles. The Netherlands, 1928/2010.

    The film Saamaka is an adaptation of the travelogue Djoeka made in 1928 by L.C.Reedijk, an amateur filmmaker and army lieutenant living and working in Suriname. Karel Doing traveled to the same area in 2010 to show the film to the current inhabitants which stirred up many reactions and stories. In close collaboration with the artist collective Totomboti from Pikin Slee, Doing made a soundtrack for the film composed of comments, stories and music. The music group Kwai Kwai wrote a new score for the dance and music scenes. Displayed are the customs and habits of the Maroons (Saramaccans), descendants of runaway slaves living in the inpenetrable jungle of Suriname. The eighty years spanning the recording of the images and the soundtrack turn the adaptation into a dialogue between two points in time and two cultures.
    About the participants:

    Prof. Dr. Alex van Stipriaan Luïscius is Curator of Latin America and the Caribbean at the Tropenmuseum Amsterdam and Professor of Caribbean History at the Erasmus University Rotterdam. He teaches courses on Caribbean migrations, diversity and cultural heritage, as well as on Diversity in Dutch History, Slavery in the Black Atlantic and Caribbean arts. Van Stipriaan was one of the founders of the National Monument to commemorate slavery as well as of the Slavery Institute NiNsee, both in Amsterdam.

    Britt-Marie van der Drift recently received her master’s degree in Cultural Studies at the University of Amsterdam. In her research, she focuses on cultural heritage and during the last year mainly on the subject of slavery. For her studies she has been travelling to places such Paramaribo and Sierra Leone. Van der Drift wrote her master thesis on an element of the Jamaican Maroon culture; namely the life of Nanny - the well-known leader of the Jamaican Maroons in the eighteen century - in interaction with the Jamaican Maroon culture in its heyday. Since September this year, Van der Drift is a curator in training at the Museum of Amsterdam.
     

    Organisers:

    Blaton & Rypson, Anthropologists in Art, Jonathan Aldenberg & Marie Bromander.

    With special thanks to Prof. Alex van Stipriaan, Britt-Marie van der Drift and Ramdjan Abdoelrahman at Rahman Films International.