Movie review by Karla Kiefer Looking for a film to watch during your quarantine and chill session? Well, here is … More
It is a straightforward, yet ambiguous title in an age wherein the subject of gender triggers so much controversy. However, it is exactly this discrepancy between an idea of gender and the reality of gender what this film tries to address.
For almost 40 years, the yearly Dutch children’s TV special “Kinderen voor Kinderen” is known for its progressive songs. Its lyrics cover a wide range of topics, including gender and sexual diversity, cultural diversity and migration, disabilities and body positivity.
Now the days have become darker and shorter, Sinterklaas and his friends, the so-called Zwarte Pieten or ‘Black Petes’, have travelled to the Netherlands. Besides gifts and sweets, they bring something else that has become traditional over time: a passionate and vehement debate on the alleged racism of the very phenomenon of Black Pete. The book White Innocence. Paradoxes of Colonialism and Race, written by emeritus professor of Gender and Ethnicity Gloria Wekker, is a valuable companion in the many inevitable discussions on Dutch racism to come.