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Preview "Tula, The Revolt" (On The 1795 Slave Uprising In Curacao)

by Tambay A. Obenson
July 1, 2011 4:44 AM
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Currently in development is this slave uprising project titled Tula, The Revolt, from Dutch director Jeroen Leinders.

It's based on a true story that centers on a slave uprising on the island of Curacao, a Dutch colony in 1795, and the man called Tula, who dared to stand up against his oppressors, and led the revolt that would last about a month.

Director Jeroen Leinders (whose background is heavy in documentary filmmaking) is said to have spent much of his youth on Curacao, and has been working there for the past five years, which is how he learned of the historical account of the slave wrote, and pursued the idea of turning it into a film; and here we are.

I wasn't too familiar with the revolt, so did a little research to learn, the source of the rebellion was that Tula and an initial group of 40 to 50 slaves requested 3 things of their overseers: an end to collective punishment, an end to working on Sundays, and lastly, the right to buy their wears from anywhere they wanted, not just from their masters, which was the rule of the day. Apparently, they didn't get what they asked for, and thus, Tula organized a group of fellow slaves who resolved not to work as slaves anymore. The rebellion, which actually began peacefully and was meant to be won with words, rather than arms, lasted for more than a month. But, unfortunately, it didn't end as peacefully as it begun, because the colonial forces crushed the revolt, Tula was captured, tortured, convicted and executed.

This film will tell his story - a man who's revered in Curacao today. The producers of the film are calling it an action-drama.

The below video was shot by the filmmakers about 2 years ago, to use as a sales promo for potential investors, to give them an idea of the style in which the film will be shot.

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  • jermain ostiana | July 2, 2011 3:11 AMReply

    A heatwave of hypocrisy must've struck director Jeroen Leinders and Dolph van Stapele to even think they as Dutch Europeans can make the first movie ever about our (recently) proclaimed national hero/freedom fighter Tula. Who actually is not revered all over Curacao like people pretend to. Matter of fact anything African or Black causes acute phobia amongst our 85% Afro-Curacaoan nation.
    The irony of it all is that Shadow & Act gives Jeroen Leinders and Dolph van Stapele a chance to show off their Dutch white privileged project on Abolition Day 1st of July 1863 the day that Dutch colonizers as one of the last European countries reluctantly decided to 'grant' their enslaved Africans in their colonies socalled 'freedom'.

    I kindly advise Shadow and Act to read up a little on the colonial history of Curacao which will help y'all to find the answer where the Afro-Curacaoan is positioned in society and why there is a scarcity of black filmmakers today.


    Jermain Ostiana

  • T'Challa | July 1, 2011 12:13 PMReply

    Yes! We know the ending, but hopefully there will be plenty scenes of slave masters getting what they deserve, before the credits roll. Django who??

  • JMac | July 1, 2011 6:09 AMReply

    Speak of the devil... Looks good but I don't want to see the ending.

  • Cynthia | July 1, 2011 6:06 AMReply

    This film I believe is going to be awesome. I've been to Curacao but never knew anything about slavery. Will pass this information on to others. Thanks and nothing but the best for you.

  • Cynthia | July 1, 2011 6:04 AMReply

    This film I believe is going to be awesome. I've been to Curacao but never knew anything about slavery. Will pass this information on to others. Thanks and nothing but the best for you.

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