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Kinderen van Mavungu

Kinderen van Mavungu

Mirjam Marks
Netherlands
2023
35 min
n.a.
School Program
Synopsis

Kenny, Maticha, and Yoseva are in their final year of elementary school. If they get good grades, they’ll be off to high school next year. And that will mean a big change, because there is no high school in their village of Pikin Slee in Suriname, deep in the rainforest on the banks of the Upper Suriname River. The nearest one is in the capital, Paramaribo, five hours away—that’s not a journey you can do twice a day.

But the thought of leaving the village is unnerving for some of the children. Kenny is going to miss the river he swims in every day. Maticha doesn’t want to leave her mother alone. But Yoseva is really looking forward to moving in with her sister in the city—where you can watch TV all day long.

The village where these children are growing up is unusual because it was founded by enslaved people who escaped their captors when the country was a Dutch colony. We see them learning traditional ways, helping in the vegetable garden, hunting, playing in the surrounding nature, or distracting themselves from the upcoming life-changing event by listening to music on their cell phone. Because as amazing as life is in this village community surrounded by rainforest plants, animals, spirits, and stories, the prospect of moving away is even more exciting—and daunting for some.

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Credits
35 min
color
DCP
Spoken languages: Dutch
Director
    Mirjam Marks
    Mirjam Marks
Production
    Nienke Korthof for Tangerine Tree
    Nienke Korthof for Tangerine Tree
Co-production
    Willem Baptist,
    Ann Hermelijn,
    Rob Maas
    Willem Baptist,
    Ann Hermelijn,
    Rob Maas
Executive producer
    Kiyomi Molin,
    Manon Tsang
    Kiyomi Molin,
    Manon Tsang
Cinematography
    Quincy Lisse
    Quincy Lisse
Editing
    Sander Cijsouw
    Sander Cijsouw
Sound
    Bram Meindersma,
    Jamey Reso,
    Gerben Kokmeijer
    Bram Meindersma,
    Jamey Reso,
    Gerben Kokmeijer
Sound Design
    Jeroen Goeijers
    Jeroen Goeijers
Music
    Bram Meindersma
    Bram Meindersma
Narrator
    Typhoon
    Typhoon
Key collaborator
    Basia Edje Doekoe,
    Vinije Haabo
    Basia Edje Doekoe,
    Vinije Haabo
Involved TV Channel
    VPRO
    VPRO
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