Toppa Top 10: Ten Essential Caribbean Films

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September 22, 2016


Wan Pipel (1976)
Pim de la Parra, Suriname

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Having grown up in Guyana, near Suriname, it was an exciting and wistful experience to watch this film set in our corner of the world. It tells the story of a black Surinamese man, who leaves his Dutch girlfriend to return home when he learns his mother is dying. Back in Suriname, he falls in love with a Hindu woman at a time when the Hindu and Black communities are in conflict, and refuses to return to the โ€œmotherland.โ€ Visually, the film looks and feels like a 1970s Black American hippie movie, set in the Caribbean โ€“ everything to everyone.