Shadow of Color (Sombra di Koló)

  • Shadow of Color (Sombra di Koló)
Genre : Drama
Type : Documentary
Original title : Schaduw van kleur
Principal country concerned : Column : Cinema/tv
Year of production : 2014

Angela E. Roe, a mixed-race anthropologist, travels across Curaçao to expose one's the island of biggest taboos: "race" and "skin color" what do they mean today.

Curaçao, a small Caribbean island off the Venezuelan coast, was once an important Dutch colony. It has a population of approximately 140.000 people that is racially and especially ethnically diverse, yet predominantly of African descent and a small white elite.

In five neighborhoods on the Island of Curaçao - a former Dutch colony - each neighborhood distinct in its racial and class make-up, a total of thirty Curaçaoans of all ages and all walks of life share what "race" and "skin color" mean to them today.

Directed by Angela E. Roe and Selwyn de Wind

2014, Curaçao, Documentary, Papiamentu, Dutch, English subt

With music by Datapanik

Warwarú Productions
De Wind Imaging

Sombra di Koló / the Shadow of Color is a documentary project by the Warwarú ImageNation Foundation and anthropologist Angela Roe, in co-production with filmmaker Selwyn de Wind. Sombra di Koló examines what race and skin color mean in Curaçao today.

Producer, Director, Researcher: Angela E. Roe.
CoDirector: Selwyn de Wind
Director of Photography: Selwyn de Wind, Hester Jonkhout, Kirk Claes, Octavio Curiel.
Drone: Zairomar Petronilia
Interviews: Angela E. Roe
Editor: Hester Jonkhout.
Coloring: Selwyn de Wind.
Graphics & Animation: Kirk Claes.
Audio Post Production: Ralph Durgaram.
Creative Advisor: Felix de Rooy.
Production Assistance: Jeritsa Ignecia, Pito Polo, Giany Martis, Marieke Linders, Anja Steffens, Eugenique Wilkins, Nneka Tielman, Rebecca Steffens, Ryanne Van Der Linde, and Vanessa Abad.

Sombra di Koló is made possible with the support of our funds and sponsors:
Refineria Isla Curaçao B.V., Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds Caribisch Gebied, Samenwerkende Fondsen Nederlands Gebiedsdeel, Maduro Curiels' Bank, Kooyman, Act II, Medical Laboratory Services, Curacao Tourism Board, Korpodeko, Burgers & Fung A Loi Notaries, Banco di Caribe, Ennia, Mau Asam Travel, Curacao Ports Authority, Europe West Indies Trading, and KDZ Accountanting Support B.V.

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On September 24th, 2014, the documentary will premiere in Teatro Luna Blou, during the Siman di Kultura.


Wat betekenen huidskleur en ras vandaag de dag? Antropologe Angela Roe gaat op zoek naar een antwoord. Tijdens haar road trip door de wijken Barber, Seru Fortuna, Otrobanda, Janwe en Spaanse Water vertellen dertig Curaçaoënaars hun verhaal.

Het doel van de documentaire Sombra di Koló is het doorbreken van het taboe op de onderwerpen "kleur" en "ras," en het op gang brengen van een constructieve nationale dialoog over een onderwerp dat ons allen beïnvloedt. Want iedereen heeft een kleur, en iedereen heeft een verhaal. Dus kom kijken, luisteren, en praat mee. Mario Kleinmoedig leidt het debat dat na afloop van de voorstelling zal plaatsvinden.



Durante di e "road trip" riba nos dushi isla lo tin diferente Yu di Kòrsou for di barionan manera Barber, Seru Fortuna, Otrabanda, Janwe I Spaanse Water ku lo konta nos tokante nan eksperiensha ku kolo I rasa.

E dokumentario ta na Papiamentu, Hulandes I Ingles i ta wòrdu subtitulá na Ingles.


  • Arterial network
  • Media, Sports and Entertainment Group (MSE)
  • Gens de la Caraïbe
  • Groupe 30 Afrique
  • Alliance Française VANUATU
  • Zimbabwe : Culture Fund Of Zimbabwe Trust
  • RDC : Groupe TACCEMS
  • Rwanda : Positive Production
  • Togo : Kadam Kadam
  • Niger : ONG Culture Art Humanité
  • Collectif 2004 Images
  • Africultures Burkina-Faso
  • Bénincultures / Editions Plurielles
  • Africiné
  • Afrilivres

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