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Chosen by Jonathan Ali
Pim de la Parra, Suriname, The Netherlands 1976, 110 Min., OV with English subs

The screening will be introduced by Jonathan Ali.

The first feature film from Suriname, Wan Pipel is a drama that beautifully captures the clash between modernity and tradition, between personal desires and societal norms. Roy, an Afro-Surinamese man, returns from studying in the Netherlands and has a cultural awakening. Rubia, an Indo-Surinamese woman who has also studied in Holland, is trying to balance her community’s expectations with her own dreams. Roy and Rubia begin a passionate affair which enrages both their families. Before long, Roy is confronted with a powerful reminder of the life he left behind in Europe. A heartfelt letter from Pim de la Parra to his newly independent country,Wan Pipel is a timeless exploration of love, identity, and the universal struggle to find one's place in the world. (JA)

Jonathan Ali is a film curator and writer based in London. He is director of programming at Third Horizon Film Festival, which centers the cinema of the Caribbean and its diaspora.

WAN PIPEL, Pim de la Parra