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Kankantri

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Director Gabri Christa
Netherlands, Suriname, and United States 2024
25 minutes
Inspired by a visit to Neve Shalom, director Gabri Christa researches her Surinamese father’s ancestry.

Synopsis

A woman enters a Synagogue and is transported to the parallel universe of all her ancestors who do not let her leave until she participates in their dances and rituals. The film is inspired by Gabri Christa’s first time visiting the Neve Shalom in 2000 where she was overwhelmed by the building and the emotions it brought to her. It spurred her into researching her Surinamese father’s lineage, which revealed that she had indeed also Jewish ancestors. As the famous Surinamese writer Cynthia McCleod says “when you shake your family trees, a few Jews fall out”.

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A woman enters a Synagogue and is transported to the parallel universe of all her ancestors who do not let her leave until she participates in their dances and rituals. The film is inspired by Gabri Christa’s first time visiting the Neve Shalom in 2000 where she was overwhelmed by the building and the emotions it brought to her. It spurred her into researching her Surinamese father’s lineage, which revealed that she had indeed also Jewish ancestors. As the famous Surinamese writer Cynthia McCleod says “when you shake your family trees, a few Jews fall out”.

Full credits

Section
Breaking the Chains
Director
Gabri Christa
Production countries
Netherlands, Suriname, and United States
Production year
2024
Duration
25 minutes
Producer
Gabri Christa, Ann Hermelijn

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