One people

  • Un seul peuple (Wan Pipel)
Genre : Drama
Type : Fiction
Original title :
Principal country concerned : Column : Cinema/tv
Year of production : 1976
Format : Feature
Running time : 111 (in minutes)

Roy is a young black Surinamese studying in Amsterdam. When he learns that his mother is dying, he borrows money from his Dutch girlfriend to return home. There he scandalises the conservative Hindu and Creole communities when he begins a relationship with Rubia, a Hindu. Will Roy stay with Rubia and remain in his newly independent homeland, or will he follow his family's wishes and return to Holland?

Director: Pim de la Parra
1976, Suriname / The Netherlands
Dutch, Hindustani, Sranan Tongo, with English subtitles
Narrative feature / 111 minutes / PG 13

Stars: Willeke van Ammelrooy, Asha Bharosa and Borger Breeveld

EYE Film Institute Netherlands restored and digitized this important film and in September 2010 EYE released the fully restored copy in Dutch cinemas.

A classic Caribbean film, Suriname's first feature-length drama, recently and lovingly restored.
Trinidad+tobago film festival 2011

Cast (in alphabetical order)
Willeke van Ammelrooy... Karina
Asha Bharosa... Rubia
Borger Breeveld... Roy
Grace Calor-Ooft
Paragh Chotkan
Diana Dobbelman
Steven Gill
Emanuel van Gonter... Roy's father
Henk Gopali
Ro Jackson-Breeveld... Roy's mother
Ruben Jitan
Irène Jitan-Harpal
Amalia Macnack
J. Madho
Bhagwandei Mokkumsingh... Rubia's mother
José Mungroo
Juan Mungroo
Ruud Mungroo... Norman
Joyce Mungroo-Ooft... Henna
Percy Muntslag
Diana Gangaron Panday... Rubia
Eugène Ramdin
Etwarie Ramdin-Jhawnie
Dick Scheffer
Djardj Soekhlall
Sieuwpal Soekhlall... Rubia's father
Otto Sterman... Mr. Frenkel
Lilian van Aerde

Writers: Pim de la Parra, Rudi F. Kross

Produced by
Pim de la Parra.... producer (Scorpio Films)
Wim Verstappen.... producer (Scorpio Films)

Original Music by
Hugo van Ams

Cinematography by
Marc Felperlaan

Film Editing by
Jutta Brandstaedter

Sound Department
Kees Linthorst.... sound

Other crew
Emjay Rechsteiner.... curator

EYE Film Institute Netherlands
EYE International
IJpromenade 1, 1031 KT Amsterdam, The Netherlands
PO Box 37767, 1030 BJ Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Ph.: +31 20 758 2375


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