Stones Have Laws | Dee Sitonu a Weti
Van Brummelen, De Haan, Alexander i.c.w. Maroon communities of Suriname, DCP, 100 min.
Stones Have Laws (Dee Sitonu a Weti) is an immersive initiation into the life of a Maroon community in the former Dutch colony of Suriname. Combining stories of African ancestral traditions and escaped slavery with enacted contemporary rituals, the film explores how the community’s powerful ties to the land have become endangered as industries threaten to devastate the region through deforestation and mining.
Co-directors Lonnie van Brummelen, Siebren de Haan and Tolin Erwin Alexander closely involved the community in the development of the project, which was created using an experimental process of collective scripting. The result is a unique cinematic form that bridges filmmaking, poetry and theatre.
Stones Have Laws premiered at IDFA 2018. It toured with a mobile cinema in Suriname’s interior. ICA London screened the film in their program Frames of Representation and gave the film theatrical release in the UK. Windmill released the film in Dutch cinema’s.
Community screenings in Suriname’s interior, March 2019