(Netherlands, 2021) Historical / 57 min 23 sec / Dutch & English with English Subtitles / Rated G
Dir: Ida Does
What happens when the leading national museum focuses its gaze on the slavery history of the Netherlands? This is the subject of New Light, a highly topical documentary from director Ida Does about the genesis of the slavery exhibition in the Rijksmuseum. This film shows up close and personal how painful and bitter, but at the same time, healing and liberating, compiling the exhibition was. Especially due to the contributions of people with roots both in the East and in the West. In New Light we can see what it means when a museum reinvents itself.
Ida Does is a documentary maker and producer whose work focuses on (colonial) history, art and culture, social justice and (Caribbean) literary pioneers. Her work has won multiple prizes at film festivals. Her documentary Amsterdam, Traces of Sugar won ‘best documentary’ at the Caribbean Tales International Film Festival in Toronto, where she was also honoured as the best female director of colour (2017). Her prizewinning film Poetry is an island, Derek Walcott has been screened worldwide at over 40 festivals and theatres. She currently works with a team of women on an illustrated children’s book on important women in history, and is making a film portrait of professor Philomena Essed, a pioneering thinker on everyday racism in the Netherlands.