Sonny Boy

Maria Peters Feature film - 2010 - 132 min.

Gouden Kalf-nominatie

Beste Actrice Ricky Koole

Beste Camera

Beste Muziek Henny Vrienten

Andere prijzen

Platina Film (400.000 bezoekers speelfilm)

Gouden Film (100.000 bezoekers speelfilm)

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Waldemar, a young man from Suriname, travels to Holland in the 1920s to study. Here, he falls in love with his landlady Rika. They couldn’t be greater opposites: he is young and black, she is seventeen years his senior, white and a divorced mother of four. Their relationship is openly denounced by their surroundings, but love and their mutual son keep them going during the depression era. But then World War II erupts and the unusual couple, risking their lives, decides to offer a hiding place to a group of Jews.
This true story of two ‘ordinary’, anonymous people was recorded by journalist Annejet van der Zijl in her bestselling Sonny Boy (2004). Maria Peters was responsible for the direction. An ambitious film project, featuring a series of extraordinary locations; from pre-war Paramaribo to the Netherlands in the Depression and WW II concentration camps.


Production Company
Roswitha Ester
Torsten Reglin
Dirk Impens
Executive Producer
Peter Jan Brouwer
Director of Photography
Walther Vanden Ende
Production Design
Sound Design
Wim Post
Sound on Set
René van den Berg
TV Company
Production Country