Wan Pipel (One People)

Director: Pim de la Parra
1976, Suriname / The Netherlands
Dutch, Hindustani, Sranan Tongo, with English subtitles
Narrative feature 111 minutes / PG 13


Roy is a young black Surinamese studying in Amsterdam. When he learns that his mother is dying, he borrows money from his Dutch girlfriend to return home. There he scandalises everyone when he begins a relationship with Rubia, a Hindu. Will Roy stay with Rubia and remain in his newly independent homeland, or will he follow his family’s wishes and return to Holland? A classic Caribbean film, Suriname’s first feature-length drama, recently and lovingly restored.

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Pim de la Parra was born in Suriname in 1940. After studies at the Dutch Film Academy in Amsterdam, he began making films in Holland in the 1960s. Wan Pipel, his first film in Suriname, was also the country’s first feature film. In 2008 he received a Golden Calf award from the Dutch Film Festival, in honour of his career in filmmaking.


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Date: Sun 17 Jul, 2011
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