Lonnie van Brummelen & Siebren de Haan
NL / 2016 / 20 min
SMBA, Fri 6 May, 16.00, with guests
“Yu fufuu mi koni tyai gwe” (you come to steal my knowledge) is a Surinamese saying referring to knowledge transfer. In company of other CTFP guests, artists Lonnie van Brummelen and Siebren de Haan will speak about this as part of their current research in the tropical forest in Eastern Surinam, screening Maripa Fatu - a study in preparation of their next feature film.
Maripa Fatu shows entrancing scenes in the tropical swamp forest where the village elder instructs the young apprentices from her community how to produce oil from the seeds of the Maximiliani Maripa palm. The oil, containing acids that protect against microscopic fungus and bacteria, was once used for cooking and for skin and hair treatment. Nowadays, cheap baking oil and mass-produced beauty products caused the ancestral production of the multipurpose Maripa oil to fall into disuse. We observe in meditative rhythm how the laborious process of hammering, drying, crushing, pounding, and cooking is alternated by waiting, and the preparation of Podosiri, a dark purple juice, from the berries of the Açaí palm tree.
The last feature film of Lonnie van Brummelen and Siebren de Haan, Episode Of The Sea (2014) is playing in Rialto cinema 8 May / 18.30