Stones Have Laws (Dee Sitonu a Weti)

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Title: Stones Have Laws (Dee Sitonu a Weti)
Director: Lonnie van Brummelen, Siebren de Haan, Tolin Alexander i.c.w Maroon communities in Suriname
Year: 2018
Country: Suriname, the Netherlands
Lengte: 100′
Languages: Saamaka, Okanisi and Dutch
Subtitles: English



Stones Have Laws (Dee Sitonu a Weti) is an immersive initiation into the life of a Maroon community in the former Dutch colony of Suriname. Combining stories of African ancestral traditions and escaped slavery with enacted contemporary rituals, the film explores how the community’s powerful ties to the land have become endangered as industries threaten to devastate the region through deforestation and mining. The project was initiated by the Dutch artists Lonnie van Brummelen, Siebren de Haan and developed in collaboration with the Surinamese theater maker Tolin Erwin Alexander, himself Okanisi Maroon. The three of them closely involved the Maroon community in the development of the script, which was written using an experimental process of collective scripting. Members of the community perform the scenes in front of the camera while crickets, birds, trees, the stones, and the rushing waters of the Suriname River act along. The result is a unique cinematic form that bridges filmmaking, poetry and theatre.

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