A few years ago when researcher Ellen-Rose Kambel’s curiosity about her own family history was piqued, she discovered that her ancestors had been enslaved by members of a prominent Dutch family. Centuries after the events, her findings still prove capable of stirring up controversy. Heritage expert Valika Smeulders relates the scarcely known stories behind Dutch trading successes; behind every rich Dutch coffee or sugar plantation owner were countless enslaved people with no rights. Finally, Winti priest Marian Markelo sheds her light on Winti culture, the religion that linked the enslaved in Suriname to their African roots.
In this cinematic exposition, Three Women – About Slavery and Freedom, three strong women – each in their own way – retell the story of one of the most painful periods of Dutch history. A horrific era that still resonates through the lives of the slaves’ descendants. Filmmaker Ida Does intersperses the personal stories with musical cinematic sequences and brief animations that contribute to the development of sadness, consciousness-raising and the much yearned-for recognition.