On Curaçao, black and white islanders lead sepa­rate lives. A manage­ment course for an Antil­lean super­market staff rakes up the colo­nial past they haven’t come to grips with.

Owing to its climate and crystal-clear sea, Curaçao is a popular holiday desti­na­tion for the Dutch. Some even by a villa in a resort. But they hardly ever inte­grate with the local Antil­lean popu­la­tion. The Dutch meet each other at parties and on the golf course. Mutual contact is awkward.
In the Albert Heijn Zeelandia super­market in Willem­stad, this is plain to see. The staff reacts half-heart­edly and passive to advice and guide­lines. Fine employees don’t seem really inter­ested to make promo­tion. The surprised super­market manager sends the white manage­ment and black staff off to a course with the motto Why doesn’t an Antil­lean want to be a manager?’ Then it turns out that more than 150 years after the aboli­tion of slavery and 50 years after the colo­nial era, they still haven’t come to grips with the past. Antil­leans still grow up with the idea of being infe­rior to Euro­peans.
Archive text and footage (for example, of the deploy­ment of marines against Shell workers in 1969) painfully illus­trate how the Nether­lands have treated their Antil­lean citizens.


Executive producer
Sound editing
Production company
Zeppers Film & TV
TV company
Distributor NL
Cinema Delicatessen

Title: Curaçao
Year: 2010
Duration : 1 hour, 15 minutes
Category: Long Documentary
Edition: NFF 2011

Gouden Kalf nominees

Other awards

Prijs v.d. Nederlandse Filmkritiek (2011)
Prijs v.d. Nederlandse Filmkritiek (2011)

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