Tuesday, November 29, 2011 at 6:00PM
Teachers College – New York, NY / Curaçao directed by Sarah Vos
Sunday, December 11, 2011 at 8:30PM
Thalia – New York, NY / My Grandpa The Bank Robber directed by Ineke Houtman
Tuesday, December 13, 2011 at 6:00PM
Thalia – New York, NY / Parradox directed by Insoo Radstake
A fascinating documentary that explores the awkward and strained interaction between the locals on the Island of Curaçao and the Dutch community that lives there. The Dutch live in their own world, getting together at segregated parties and on golf courses on private resorts. The blacks and whites hardly ever speak to each other. The manager of a local supermarket develops a training program focusing on the question: “Why do Antilleans refuse to be leaders?” Slowly but surely, it becomes clear that the Dutch don’t have the faintest idea about their role in the island’s past, let alone its effect on contemporary society. Curaçao, The Netherlands, 2010, 75 min, Doc, Dutch and Papiamento with English subtitles, Sarah Vos, dir. Shown with Bloody Roots.
My Grandpa The Bank Robber
Grace wants to find out everything about her dark Surinam father, whom she never knew. Her Grandpa is the only one who can help, but the family wants to put him in a retirement home. She convinces him to use his savings to travel to Surinam with her. But unfortunately the family blocks his bank account… The Netherlands, 2011, 89 min, Comedy, Dutch, Ineke Houtman, dir.
A touching and humorous rollercoaster ride through the European filmmaking world from the 60s to the 90s. The film tells the rise and fall of Pim de la Parra, a crazy, controversial and creative genius, and of his resurrection. Driven by women, ego and money, de la Parra celebrates life in abundance while producing and directing dozens of films, changing the entire Dutch film industry and helping many young talents on their way. Parradox is a film about creativity and passion, about stupidity and serenity, about tragedy and happiness. De la Parra is the director of the Dutch/Surinam classic film Wam Pipel, also showcased in the festival. The Netherlands, 2010, 89 min, Doc., English and Dutch with English subtitles, Insoo Radstake, dir.
The African Diaspora International Film Festival (ADIFF)
ADIFF presents an eclectic mix of urban, classic, independent and foreign films that depict the richness and diversity of the life experience of people of African descent and Indigenous people all over the world.