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Forest Song


After throwing off the yoke of slavery in the 17th and 18th centuries, the Saramaccan Maroons have established a network of independent communities that ignore the border between Suriname and French Guyana. They have combined their African heritage with local knowledge, cleverly adapting to the complex conditions offered by the tropical rainforest. A profound knowledge of plants is a key element within a culture based on mutualism and creative expression. This short film uses a spirited Saramaccan song as a structural principle to briefly explore their rich and powerful way of being in the world.

Director filmography: A Perfect Storm (2022), In Vivo (2021), Phytography (2020), The Mulch Spider's Dream (2018), Wilderness Series (2016), Dark Matter (2014), Palindrome Series (2013), The Hero and the Princess (2013), Bedevilled (2012), Saamaka (2010), Liquidator (2010), Looking for Apoekoe (2010), Seven Days of Chaos (2009), Elvenland (2009), Getijden (2008), Happy End (2006), EI (2005), Jinx (2005), Türchen öffne dich (2004), Rêve Rive (2003), A journey to Tarakan (2002), Best Foot Forward (2001), Images of a moving city (2001), Energy energy (1999), Whirlwind (1998), Maas Observation (1997), 5 Portretten (1995), Fricadelles de veau smitane (1995), Meni (1994), Lichtjaren (1993), Nature Trail (1993), Ultimatum (1992)

  • Director Karel Doing
  • Country UK
  • Year 2022
  • Duration 5m
  • World Premiere


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