Repeating Islands

Drie Vrouwen

A post by Peter Jordens.

Starnieuws reports that the documentary Drie vrouwen–Over slavernij en vrijheid [Three Women–About Slavery and Freedom] directed by Ida Does recently premiered in The Hague, Netherlands. The film portrays three [contemporary] women: researcher Ellen-Rose Kambel, Winti priestess Marian Markelo, and heritage expert Valika Smeulders.

[…] In the film, Valika Smeulders leads a group of walking tourists along stately buildings on the Lange Voorhout and the Hofvijver in The Hague: “places where the elite of the Netherlands have been walking for centuries.” This leads to surprising revelations and new stories about the relationship between The Hague’s impressive cityscape and slave owners who acquired wealth through plantations and slave labor. Smeulders shows that in the official building signs any reference to the history of slavery is completely absent. The origin of the well-known Mauritshuis, now a museum, is also highlighted as a landmark of the very start of…

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