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Hoe Duur Was De Suiker

Jean van de Velde

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Festival year: 2014

Historical drama about two young women in eighteenth-century Surinam. While white-skinned Sarith bears a grudge about the changes in her colonial existence and her inability to find a husband, her house slave Mini-Mini gets a chance at happiness.


At the time, Surinam is marked by sugarcane cultivation and the Boni Maroon wars. Sarith is a young, high-spirited woman who spends her days with her slave Mini-Mini on her father’s plantation. When the love of her life Nathan leaves her, Sarith is desperate to find her true destiny. While her sister Elza gets married to Rutger, Sarith throws herself into the arms of different men. She drifts further and further apart from her friends and family, and can only count on the loyalty of her slave Mini-Mini. Meanwhile, the raging war causes considerable tensions on the plantation. The film is based on Cynthia McLeod’s best-selling novel Hoe duur was de suiker. Adapted and directed by Jean van de Velde, who previously produced Wit Licht and De Kleine Blonde Dood.


Netherlands, The, Germany, South Africa 2013, 125 min.


Spoken language: Dutch, Local languages

Subtitles: Dutch

Official website:



+31 356774776

Dutch distribution:

Entertainment One Benelux

+31 356251200

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