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ReleaseD

ReleaseD

The experimental short film “ReleaseD” highlights six young women of Afro-Surinamese descent who passionately express themselves through the traditional performance arts, martial arts, and visual arts. Their modes of creative self-expression contradict the original intent of the colonisers who brought Africans to Suriname’s shores centuries ago. The film’s depictions of strength, independence, and liberation directly counter the portraits of slaves from Suriname that were distributed throughout Europe in the 18th and 19th centuries; fueling stereotypes that linger still today. The cutting or ripping of paper shackles throughout the film was inspired by Suriname’s annual Keti Koti (Chain Cut) Emancipation Day celebrations.   

Title:

ReleaseD

Director(s):

Keoni K. Wright

Year of Release:

2019

Region:

Suriname

Language:

No dialogue

Type / Genre:

Documentary, Experimental

Runtime:

13 minutes

Rating:

No Rating

Showtimes:

Mon 19 Aug 2019, 1.00pm, Medulla Art Gallery

Tue 20 Aug 2019, 10.00am, Medulla Art Gallery

Wed 21 Aug 2019, 10.00am, Medulla Art Gallery

Thu 22 Aug 2019, 10.00am, Medulla Art Gallery

Fri 23 Aug 2019, 10.00am, Medulla Art Gallery

World Premiere


About the Director(s):

Keoni K. Wright

Keoni K. Wright

Born in Boston to an Irish mother and an African-American/Filipino father from Hawai’i, Keoni K. Wright is a freelance writer and storyteller adept at capturing the essence of mystical people and places. In 2018, Keoni spent 10 months living on the edge of the extended Amazon rainforest in Suriname. During his stay, he balanced a multitude of writing projects and found time to create two short films as well as develop a web series highlighting Surinamese athletes. Keoni currently resides in Brooklyn, NY where he works in film/television production.

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