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‘Stones Have Laws’ – a hybrid documentary film project by Dutch artists Lonnie van Brummelen and Siebren de Haan and the Surinamese theater maker and poet Tolin Alexander. The film presents the colonial history that the Netherlands and Suriname share from the perspective of the Maroons – descendants of Africans who were shipped across the Atlantic to work on the plantations, but managed to free themselves. Building on their ancestral knowledge and what the indigenous people taught them, they established new communities in the rainforest and formed alliances with the rivers, the stones, the animals and the forest.

In a cinematic form that bridges filmmaking, poetry and theatre, the participants of the film project demonstrate rituals to get in touch with ancestors and local forest spirits and express how their ties to the land have become endangered as industries devastate the region through deforestation and mining.

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