On 3 November 2021, starting at 16:00, the RIAS will host a film screening of the documentary Three Women: About Slavery and Freedom, followed by a panel discussion with director Ida Does. The event is organized in commemoration of Black Achievement Month in October. The aim of this event is to show how a documentary covering the stories of three women and their link with slavery’s past can educate us about the legacy of slavery that still lingers in Dutch cities.

In the documentary Three Women, award winning film director and producer Ida Does follows three women’s involvement in the heritage of slavery: Valika Smeulders (heritage expert), Marian Markelo (winti priestess), and Ellen-Rose Kambel (researcher). All three women advocate for a considered recognition of the role of slavery in Dutch history. The documentary is an expression of a worldwide movement in which black people and people of color take pride and strength in their history. The documentary has won the Los Angeles Independent Women Film Awards for best documentary feature.

It is a Dutch language documentary with English subtitles provided. The film screening will be followed by  a panel discussion with the film’s director Ida Does. The discussion itself is in English, with room for the public to ask questions (which can be asked in Dutch).  The event is moderated by the RIAS PhD candidates Manar Ellethy, Christine Mertens, and Marcella Schute, in association with the Racial Democracy Project.

The event takes place at the Auditorium  (Filmzaal) of the Provinciehuis in Middelburg, Abdij 9.

In order to attend the event, registration is necessary. Please register via the following link: https://bit.ly/3mUeulz. Registration is free, but the CoronaCheck is mandatory for access to the building.

For the invitation, click here.

This event is sponsored by the Province of Zeeland.