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Feature Documentary Seeks To Examine Dutch Zwarte Piet *Blackface* Tradition (Fundraising)

Shadow and Act By Courtney | Shadow and Act February 12, 2013 at 6:17PM

Art Curator Shantrelle P. Lewis,  is developing a film examining the questionable and contentious Christmastime tradition in the Netherlands known as Zwarte Piet, or Black Pete.
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Zwarte Piet

Art Curator Shantrelle P. Lewis,  is developing a film examining the questionable and contentious Christmastime tradition in the Netherlands known as Zwarte Piet, or Black Pete.

To be titled Black Pete, Zwarte Piet: The Documentary, here's how Lewis describes the film:

Black Pete, Zwarte Piet: The Documentary explores both sides of the tradition - and everything in between. Who seeks to change the tradition? Who seeks to maintain it? And why? The film features interviews of Dutch citizens, historians, scholars, activists, artists, and members of the general community. The film also explores the representation of Black people and the Black body in Dutch popular culture and how these images affect the lives of people of African descent on a day-to-day basis.

To assist in the completion of the film, Lewis has set up a Kickstarter campaign to raise $20,000 in 30 days. So far, she's raised about $5,700 in 2 days, so clearly there's interest in the doc, and Lewis is on her way to reaching, and maybe even surpassing her goal. 

For more from Shantrelle, watch her pitch in the video below, and to make a contribution, click HERE to head over to the project's Kickstarter page to do so. Or click in the widget underneath the video:


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