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Film: Trefossa. World premiere

Trefossa - foto Paul van den Bos
Trefossa - foto Paul van den Bos


'With his poems he knows how to play all the keys, from the simplest emotions to modern mystical experiences, from a dancing song inspired by the rhythm of the drum to sonnets.' Dutch critic and poet Paul Rodenko wrote this in 1957 in NRC very enthusiastically about the poetry of the Surinamese poet Trefossa (1916-1975). But who (still) knows who Trefossa is, or rather, was. Paul van den Bos, maker of 'Nynke' and other films, and Ida Does have made a documentary about this forgotten testator of Surinamese culture. A gripping document about his life and work, with excerpts from his diaries, interviews with relatives and people of his generation and library pictures of Surinam. Winternachten brings the world premiere of the film, fifty years after Trefossa's collection Trotji appeared, 'the big bang' of Surinamese literature. With an introduction by Ida Does. In Dutch.