New Film: Jeroen Leinders’ “Tula, the Revolt”

Tula, The Revolt is a new film on a slave uprising in Curaçao. The film is currently in development by Dutch director, producer, and writer Jeroen Leinders and co-producer and director of photography Dolph van Stapele. Various fundraising events have been under way in Curaçao this summer to support production.

Description: Tula, The Revolt is an international English spoken feature length movie about the leader of the big slave uprising on the island of Curaçao, a Dutch colony in 1795. It tells the true story of a man who dared to stand up against his oppressors leading his people in a peaceful march for freedom, equality and brotherhood. An action movie, but at the same time a character movie, giving the audience the insights of a reluctant leader, his hopes, his fears, his values, his love, his faith, but also his inevitable destiny. Although several movies on the broader subject of slavery have been made, there was never a movie on the essence of slave resistance. The revolt on Curacao began peacefully and was meant to be won by words, rather than arms. This makes this true story unique in its kind.

Director Jeroen Leinders spent a large part of his youth on Curaçao and has regularly been working there during the past five years. He came across the inspiring history of Tula and wrote the storyline. After a career in advertising as a Creative Director directing numerous photo shoots and television commercials, he moved towards documentary and film. His work includes Curaçao loves you, DOK, The Kingdom Debate, Natalee Holloway: The Unrevealed Time Lines; Run, Churandy, Run; and Immigrant Teachers, among others. His projects were broadcasted both by commercial and public television networks.

For more information (in English) and preview, see http://www.tulathemovie.nl/ and http://blogs.indiewire.com/shadowandact/archives/preview_tula_the_revolt_on_the_1795_slave_uprising_in_curacao/

For more information in Papiamento, see http://www.rnw.nl/papiaments/article/davelaar-%E2%80%98pel%C3%ADkula-tula-no-tin-prioridat%E2%80%99

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