Saamaka

Karel Doing Short documentary - 2010 - 50 min.

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L.C. Reedijk was an army lieutenant and amateur filmmaker living and working in Suriname. Around 1928, he made the film Djoeka, an account of the excursion by a group of white men to the interior. The film shows the customs and practices of the Maroons (Saramaccans), the descendants of runaway slaves who lived there.
In 2010, Karel Doing returned to the region. Working with the artists group Totomboti from Pikin Slee, he revised Djoeka. The screening of the film stirred up many reactions and stories, which they captured. Music group Kwai Kwai wrote a new score for the dance and music scenes. Together with the voice-over and the everyday sounds in the village and on the river, this produced a soundtrack. The title of the film was changed into Saamaka. Thus, the eighty years spanning the recording of the images and the music turn the adaptation into a dialogue between two times and cultures.

Credits

Director(s) Karel Doing
Script Karel Doing
Producer(s) Karel Doing
Production Company
Humphrey Schmidt
Director of Photography
L.C. Reedijk
Editing
Sound on Set
Distribution
Production Country
Netherlands