Cinema Torarica

TENT Rotterdam
17 September - 31 October 2010


Historical documentaries on Suriname juxtaposed to current films.


Faya Lobbi, Herman van der Horst, 70 minutes 1960

Impression of the life of various peoples in Suriname,
punctuated with music, dancing, singing and the mysterious
sounds of the jungle.

Stedman, Leon Giesen, 50 minutes 2003

At the end of the eighteenth century the Scottish-Dutch mercenary
John Gabriel Stedman takes part in a punitive expedition to
Suriname for tough action against rebellious slaves. But the tide turns: Stedman falls in love with a Maroon girl and decides to do everything he can to improve the fate of her people.

Saamaka, Karel Doing, 50 minutes (based on Djoeka, 1930)

In the historical film Djoeka we see a Dutch expedition
team in the inlands of Surinam, documenting the culture of
the Maroons. In 2010, in collaboration with present-day
Maroons, Karel Doing made a soundtrack for this film from
the opposite perspective.

Zwampoogst, Peter Creutzberg, 1958, 42 minutes

This film shows the reclamation of the swamp areas on the
coast of Surinam for the benefit of the cultivation of rice.
The film resembles the films about impoldering made in
the Netherlands.
Warzone Suriname, Vinije Haboo, 2009, 32 minutes

The film shows the environmental consequences of gold mining
in the interior of Surinam.

Short films from Suriname, 2010, 90 minutes

With films, clips and news items by Melvin Moti, Jurgen Lisse,
Ravi Rajcoomar, Kit-Ling Tjon Pian Gi, Samantha Soehandi, George Struikelblok,
The Back Lot, and others.