10th edition CIFF – 10-14 April 2024

Mi ta hasi mi kos (2016 Feature Film)

Wilma Ligthart | Curaçao | 2016 | 56 min | Papiamento | e.s.

Bio of Rina Penso, one of Curaçao’s leading actors, with tons of archival footage and interviews. Friends, colleagues and, naturally, Penso herself talk about her talent, drive and love of theater: “For me, theater is like coming home.”

Rina Penso is theater’s grande dame in Curaçao. She has played innumerable fabulous roles in the theater, but also on the big screen, and has translated classical plays into Papiamentu. The expressive diva helped found Toneelvereniging Thalia in 1967 with the idea that the inhabitants of Curaçao were perfectly capable of keeping a theater group alive without relying on the Netherlands. In this film, 86-year old Penso looks back on her life and takes us to various locations on the island that were crucial to her career and personal life. People who knew her well, friends, colleagues and family help introduce us to the massive talent Rina Penso was – and still is. Acting is her passion. Her secret? “Mi ta hasi mi kos” (“I do my own thing”).

Place: CINEMA 4

Date: 8 April 2016

Time: 20:00

Duration: 1:15

Place: CINEMA 4

Date: 9 April 2016

Time: 10:45

Duration: 1:15

Place: CINEMA 4

Date: 10 April 2016

Time: 16:45

Duration: 1:15

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Wilma Ligthart


Kirk Claes




Kirk Claes




56 min


Barbara Martijn

Production Company

Het Buro


Barbara Martijn

Sound Design

Kirk Claes

Year of Production



Wilma LIGTHART is a filmmaker, actor and yoga teacher. She initially acted with theater group Dogtroep. She then directed a number of drama series for the VPRO broadcasting company, in which she also played the lead. After attending the Media Academie in Hilversum and the New York Film Academy she made a number of award-winning documentaries, including one about Surinamese author Cynthia McLeod (Hoe duur was de suiker?) in 2014.



(selection, all doc) Toen het vliegtuig viel/When the Plane Came Down (1995, short), XL (2004), Ayla, het tsunami meisje/Ayla, the Tsunami Girl (2005, short), How Hormones Changed My Life (2008, short), Syawal Was Very Scared (2009, short), Misi met een missie: portret van Cynthia McLeod (2014, short), Mi ta hasi mi kos (2016)