“Terrible, terrible … Terrible! If I could never write again? It’d be the death of me!” Astrid Roemer, born in Paramaribo, Suriname in 1947 experiences her links to words, literature and poetry much more strongly than ties to the people or places that have featured in her life. Cindy Kerseborn encountered the renowned Surinamese-Dutch author after a long search in a sumptuous monastery garden in Ghent, Belgium. There Roemer candidly talks about her life and her word art. Kerseborn also spoke to linguists, writers and Roemer’s publisher who all define the author’s work within Dutch cultural heritage. What makes her work so special? Migration, female emancipation, sexism, racism and contemporary sensitivities surrounding Suriname’s history prove important themes.
Atmospheric interludes come courtesy of poems by Roemer which she or others declaim as well as footage of the various places around the globe that she once lived and worked. A literary-documentary homage to an exceptional author, woman, lover, friend and daughter, in short a special human.