“Amsterdam, Traces of Sugar”: Best Documentary at Toronto Caribbean Film Festival 


Director Ida Does’s film “Amsterdam, Traces of Sugar” won the award for Best Documentary at the 2017 Toronto Caribbean Film Festival; Does also won the award for Best Female Director.

Does said, “We are delighted with these awards. The documentary is in Dutch and so it has been thrilling to see how much it resonates with international audiences. After its premiere in the Netherlands on primetime national TV, the film premiered at Carifesta in Barbados, and was part of the official selection of Caribbean Tales in Toronto and Third Horizon Caribbean Film Festival in Miami. The film has also been selected for screening at the Trinidad & Tobago International Film Festival in 2018. The international recognition of our film is not just tremendously rewarding, it also signals just how much interest there is for films about our shared colonial history and the ways in which it has shaped all of us in the Caribbean and beyond.”

Amsterdam, traces of sugar is a documentary film that touches on the colonial relationship between the Netherlands and Suriname. The films is centered on three main characters, each of whom have a very personal link to Dutch slavery. While tackling large themes of slavery and colonialism, the film somehow manages to feel like an intimate portrait as it explores these themes through the lens of family history and personal stories.

Director of the film Ida Does is no stranger at the Caribbean Tales Film Festival. For her film Poetry is an Island: Derek Walcott she also received Best Documentary in 2014. This year, she became the first woman to ever receive the CineFAM, female director award. The word FAM is Haïtian-Creole for “woman.” With this award, the Caribbean Tales Film Festival wants to honor and stimulate women directors. In receiving the CineFAM and the Best Documentary award, Does said “I am deeply humbled and I dedicate these awards to our ancestors.”

International trailer of Amsterdam, traces of sugar: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0GGuVkbnJA8&t=12s

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