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8th edition: 10 April - 14 April 2019

Aan niets overleden (2019 Feature Film)

Raymi Sambo | The Netherlands | 2018 | color | DCP | 90' | Dutch | e.s.

Drama on the ‘culture of shame’ surrounding homosexuality and AIDS in the Surinamese/Antillean community. Thilda Purperhart hides her greatest love, but also her massive grief and shame behind her front door in the Bijlmer neighborhood of Amsterdam. An unexpected visitor threatens to uncover the family secret.

Caribbean Thilda Purperhart lives in the Bijlmer neighborhood of Amsterdam with her adult daughter Joyce. She prefers not to speak to anyone outdoors, particularly not about the mysterious disappearance of her son Kelvin. When Julius rings the doorbell and asks if Thilda knows what happened to his old school friend, she desperately tries to avoid the biggest cause of shame and grief in her life. However, as the evening draws to a close she can no longer hide the painful reality.

This intimate drama, which first-time director Raymi Sambo based on his eponymous play, focuses on the ‘culture of shame’ surrounding homosexuality and AIDS in the Surinamese/Antillean community. The all-black cast sensitively portrays the huge sorrow quarantined behind closed doors, how strong motherly love can be and how great the desire is to keep up appearances. What price are you prepared to pay for a ‘clean’ family reputation?

Place: The Cinemas 4

Date: 11 April 2019

Time: 20:00

Duration: 1:10

Place: The Cinemas 4

Date: 12 April 2019

Time: 18:45

Duration: 1:10

Place: The Cinemas 3

Date: 14 April 2019

Time: 13:00

Duration: 1:10

Year in Festival
Raymi Sambo
Robert M. Berger
Perla Thissen
Jaike Belfor
Erwin Boschmans
Jonata Taal
The Netherlands
Jelle Helwig
Tim Janssens
Barend van Balen
Dave Damon
Production Company
Stichting Raymi Sambo Maakt & WonderPix
Production Design
Allard Derksen
Esther Duysker
Raymi Sambo
Sound Design
Olivier Rekers
Year of Production
Raymi Sambo


Raymi SAMBO (1971, Curaçao) became widely known in the Netherlands for his role in the popular series All Stars as well as TV and film productions including ZOOP, SpangaS and Flikken Maastricht. The multi-talented Sambo is also active as a singer and presenter, and in the theatre. Aan niets overleden (2018) is his feature film debut.


Aan niets overleden (2018)