10th edition CIFF – 10-14 April 2024

Aan niets overleden (2019 Feature Film)

Raymi Sambo | The Netherlands | 2018 | color | DCP | 90′ | Dutch | e.s.

Drama on the ‘culture of shame’ surrounding homosexuality and AIDS in the Surinamese/Antillean community. Thilda Purperhart hides her greatest love, but also her massive grief and shame behind her front door in the Bijlmer neighborhood of Amsterdam. An unexpected visitor threatens to uncover the family secret.

Caribbean Thilda Purperhart lives in the Bijlmer neighborhood of Amsterdam with her adult daughter Joyce. She prefers not to speak to anyone outdoors, particularly not about the mysterious disappearance of her son Kelvin. When Julius rings the doorbell and asks if Thilda knows what happened to his old school friend, she desperately tries to avoid the biggest cause of shame and grief in her life. However, as the evening draws to a close she can no longer hide the painful reality.

This intimate drama, which first-time director Raymi Sambo based on his eponymous play, focuses on the ‘culture of shame’ surrounding homosexuality and AIDS in the Surinamese/Antillean community. The all-black cast sensitively portrays the huge sorrow quarantined behind closed doors, how strong motherly love can be and how great the desire is to keep up appearances. What price are you prepared to pay for a ‘clean’ family reputation?

Place: The Cinemas 4

Date: 11 April 2019

Time: 20:00

Duration: 1:10

Place: The Cinemas 4

Date: 12 April 2019

Time: 18:45

Duration: 1:10

Year in



Raymi Sambo


Robert M. Berger


Perla Thissen
Jaike Belfor
Erwin Boschmans
Jonata Taal


The Netherlands


Jelle Helwig






Tim Janssens


Barend van Balen
Dave Damon

Production Company

Stichting Raymi Sambo Maakt & WonderPix

Production Design

Allard Derksen


Esther Duysker
Raymi Sambo

Sound Design

Olivier Rekers

Year of Production


Raymi SAMBO (1971, Curaçao) werd in Nederland alom bekend met zijn rol in de populaire serie All Stars, maar ook in tv- en filmproducties als ZOOP, SpangaS en Flikken Maastricht. Daarnaast is de veelzijdige Sambo actief als zanger, presentator en theatermaker. Aan niets overleden (2018) is zijn speelfilmdebuut.



Aan niets overleden (2018)