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Low Countries Film Festival 2022 – Day 2: The Price of Sugar (film & talk)

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The Low Countries Film Festival (LCFF), the UK’s only Dutch-language cinema festival, has a tradition of showcasing the best and newest Dutch and Flemish shorts, documentaries and feature films.

This year, the Festival will be running over two days in November and one in January. Click here to see what is being screened on Day 1, Tuesday 15 November, and here to see what is being screened on Day 3, Sunday 8 January 2023.

Low Countries Film Festival Passes are available for 2 or 3 days and work out cheaper than buying individual tickets for each day! Email us at to let us know which days you’d like to attend.

Many thanks to our Festival sponsor, the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, for their generous support of this year’s LCFF.

About the film

On Day 2, we will be showing The Price of Sugar (Hoe duur was de suiker) (2013), an historic drama about two young women in 18th century Suriname. The white Sarith and her slave Mini-Mini live on the prospering sugar plantation of Sarith’s family. The constant danger of attacks by runaway slaves threatens the protected plantation life. While Sarith becomes embittered by the changing colonial life and the search for a husband, Mini-Mini gets her own chance of happiness. Is she able and courageous enough to seize it, at her mistress’ expense?

Watch trailer here.

The screening will be followed by a post-screening talk on the post-colonial literature of Suriname.

The Cost of Sugar, by Cynthia McCleod, is one of the few novels in Dutch literature about slavery in 18th century Suriname. Director Jean van der Velde adapted the novel into a film. Following the screening, Professor Michiel van Kempen, author and Professor of Dutch Caribbean Literature at the University of Amsterdam, will reflect upon the accuracy of the story. He will also focus on the turbulent times and numerous slave revolts described in the novel and the film and transcend this narrative by discussing the Surinamese activist and writer Anton de Kom.

The talk will be moderated by Kim Wassens, MA Dutch Language & Culture, specialist in Dutch Caribbean literature.


Doors open: 6pm

Film screening begins: 6.30pm

Post-screening talk begins: 8.30pm

Evening ends: 9.30pm


Film: in Dutch with English subtitles

Talk: in English

Event details

  • November 16, 2022
  • Wednesday, 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

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Low Countries Film Festival 2022 – Day 2: The Price of Sugar (film & talk)

Wednesday, 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
November 16, 2022


Joelle Steijnis

I'm excited to be part of the Dutch Centre team! I'm an Event Coordinator with a passion for bringing people together through cultural experiences. In my current role at the Dutch Centre, I manage all communication for our cultural events.
This includes creating content for the website, social media, and newsletters, as well as recruiting and training volunteers to help out at the events. As a Sponsorship and Raffle Donations coordinator I'm also actively involved in organizing the annual Dutch King's Day celebration in London. Prior to joining the Dutch Centre, I have over 10 years of experience in event management, marketing, and communications. I've worked with a variety of organizations, from the Netherlands Film Festival to the Nederlandse Reisopera. In all my roles, I've thrived on creating successful events and using communication to connect with audiences.


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