Ida Does | 58 mins | 2017 | Amsterdam



The Dutch Golden Age was a period in Dutch history, in which Dutch trade, science, military, and art were among the most acclaimed in the world. This documentary focuses on an underexposed side of the Dutch Golden Age: the slaveholders and merchants who were based in Amsterdam and were directly involved in the slave trade. We visit specific spots around the famous canals of Amsterdam and learn more about this shared past of Amsterdam and her former colonies.


Independent director and producer Ida Does is a native of Suriname; who has worked in Europe and the Caribbean for the past thirty years as a teacher, journalist and filmmaker. Ida’s work addresses Caribbean pioneers, history, art, and social justice. ‘Amsterdam, traces of sugar’ is her ninth film project as director/producer.

Her film ‘Poetry is an island, Derek Walcott’ (2013, 80 min) has been screened in more than 40 festivals and theaters around the world; winning 4 awards for best documentary. Her previous films on freedom fighter Anton de Kom and the national poet of Suriname, Trefossa, also received awards.