• Forum film: Three Women
Cinema / 2 jun 2018 / 17:00

Forum film: Three Women

About slavery and freedom
Regisseur: Ida Does / Land: Nederland

In 'Three Women' the main characters, each in their own way, advocate a worthy acknowledgment of Dutch slavery. 'Three Women' is a cinematic plea for this recognition. Three different stories come together in the big colonial story of The Netherlands. A story that is often denied or untold.

For her new documentary 'Three women', director Ida Does filmed 3 women who are involved in the heritage of slavery. Valika Smeulders (heritage expert), Marian Markelo (winti priestess ) and Ellen-Rose Kambel (researcher). Valika Smeulders organizes walks in the historic city center of The Hague. She regularly makes new discoveries about personal stories that took place behind those facades. Marian Markelo in the intimacy of her temple at home, talks about the deep roots and principles of the winti culture. Winti connects the descendants of the enslaved in Suriname with the culture and traditions of their African ancestors. And then there is Ellen-Rose Kambel who discovered a picture of the man who owned her ancestors in slavery. That first shock of 'proximity' is the starting signal for her to dig deeper. Kambel starts a conversation with descendants of the slave owner from Sassenheim. How do they view the history of slavery?

After the film there will be a panel discussion with award winning film director Ida Does (Amsterdam, traces of sugar, 2017), protagonist and researcher Ellen-Rose Kambel and dr. Dienke Hondius (‘Blackness in Western Europe: Racial Patterns of Paternalism and Exclusion’, 2014). More names will be announced.

Moderator: Inez Blanca is a researcher and activist and grew up on Aruba. She is a founding member of the University of Colour anti-racist collective and a former research assistant at UvA and the University of Warwick. She is newly a PhD candidate at the Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis, her project focuses on Caribbean poetry and philosophy.