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8th edition: 10 April - 14 April 2019

Caribbean Artists in Focus (2019 Short Film)

Sharelly Emanuelson | Tessa Boerman

Two short documentaries on prominent Caribbean Artists: Zo vrij als een vogel by Sharelly Emanuelson, a portrait of multi-faceted artist Geerdine Kuijpers, and Hollandse meesters in de 21ste eeuw: Tirzo Martha, by Tessa Boerman, a portrait of the socially engaged artist Tirzo Martha. Director Sharelly Emanuelson and artist Tirzo Martha will be present at the screening.

Zo vrij als een vogel/Free as a Bird
Sharelly Emanuelson | Curaçao | 2018 | doc | 27’ | Dutch | e.s.

Documentary portrait of the multi-faceted artist Geerdine Kuijpers (82) and her life’s work: the Art & Nature Inn. Over 50 years she transformed an apartment complex in Curaçao into a unique, colorful, spiritual place. An ode to Kuijpers, her idiosyncratic paradise and the necessity of making art.

Hollandse meesters in de 21ste eeuw: Tirzo Martha
Tessa Boerman | Netherlands | 2018 | doc | 16’ | Dutch, Papiamento, English | e.s.

Portrait of Curaçaoan artist Tirzo Martha narrated in stagelike framed tableaux, positioning his work in the context of places and people of Curaçao. ‘Yu di Kòrsou’, Martha’s profound connection to Curaçao, is reflected in his use of materials, iconography, and history of the island and his art centre Instituto Buena Bista.

Place: The Cinemas 6

Date: 11 April 2019

Time: 16:00

Duration: 1:00

Place: The Cinemas 3

Date: 13 April 2019

Time: 13:00

Duration: 1:00

Place: The Cinemas 3

Date: 14 April 2019

Time: 17:30

Duration: 1:00

Year in Festival
Sharelly Emanuelson
Tessa Boerman
Sharelly Emanuelson

Sharelly EMANUELSON (1986, Curaçao) studied Audiovisual Media at the HKU University of the Arts Utrecht and subsequently gained a Master’s Degree in Artistic Research from the Royal Academy of the Arts The Hague. Since graduating, Emanuelson has made documentaries, installations and short films, usually on subjects linked to Caribbean life.

Tessa Boerman

Tessa Boerman is a documentary filmmaker, programmer and cultural advisor. Her work focuses on issues of representation, diversity and inclusion. For IFFR she programmed ‘Black Rebels’ (2017) on films about and predominantly by black artists and filmmakers navigating the cultural divide since the origin of cinema, ‘PACT’ (2018) on African (diaspora) cinema and the history of Pan-Africanism, and ‘Soul in the Eye’ (2019) on actor, filmmaker and activist Zózimo Bulbul’s legacy and the contemporary emergence of black Brazilian Cinema.


Su solo i playanan (2010, doc), Mighty Lords Kings and Queens (2015, doc), Yamada (2018, doc), Welterusten papa/Goodnight Daddy (2018, doc), Zo vrij als een vogel/Free as a Bird (2018, doc), Juni (2018, short)

A Knock Out (2004, short doc, co-dir), Zwart belicht/ Painted Black (2008, short doc), Puck en het raadsel van de codes (2014, short doc), Hollandse meesters in de 21ste eeuw: Tirzo Martha (2018, short doc)