World Cinema Amsterdam | Internationaal filmfestival | 18 – 27 Augustus 2016

The Night Holds Me Back

Catrien Arins | Curaao, Netherlands| 2012 | 52' | Papiamentu | English subtitles
Night Holds Me Back the
Irresistible catchy rhythms, improvised lyrics and sensual dance moves: there you have the main ingredients for the tamb, a musical expression that has sounded on Curaao since the early days of slavery. Many times authorities have tried to ban the tamb from public life, but without effect. Today the tamb is still very much alive and kicking.

Documentary maker Catrien Arins grew up on Curaao. In her film she paints a fascinating portrait of the tamb. She talks with many singers, dancers and musicians and shows how this Curaaon heritage is passed down from one generation to the next.


The director Catrien Arins will be present for a Q&A after the screening.


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