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STONES HAVE LAWS

by Lonnie van Brummelen, Siebren de Haan

synopsis

Combining African knowledge with indigenous skills, Suriname’s Maroons developed a way of life in which non-human persons such as stones an rivers co-govern. Village elders but also young men and women explicate how they live with the forest. They demonstrate the procedures to consult ancestors, gods and forest spirits. But the film also tells another tale, one of ongoing exploitation and struggle. In the time slavery, the Maroons battled fiercely against the Dutch colonial rule. In current days, their offspring is confronted with multinational firms who capitalize on the natural resources on their ancestral grounds.

original title: Stones Have Laws
country: Netherlands, Suriname
year: 2018
genre: documentary
directed by: Lonnie van Brummelen, Siebren de Haan
co-director: Tolin Erwin Alexander
film run: 100'
release date: NL 18/11/2018
cinematography by: Lonnie van Brummelen, Siebren de Haan
film editing: Lonnie van Brummelen, Siebren de Haan
producer: Lonnie van Brummelen, Siebren de Haan, Kerstin Winking, Marc Thelosen, Darek Sz. Szendel
executive producer: Anne-Marie Hermelijn
production: Vriza, SeriousFilm, Ideal Films
backing: Aco Multi Services Suriname (SR)
distributor: Windmill Film
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