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Preceded by the short film AIR

Children of Mavungu

Children of Mavungu is a tough and adventurous youth documentary film about children growing up deep in the jungle of Suriname, South America. A mysterious world full of rituals and forest gods, of which Mavungu is the most important for children. Children of Mavungu is about the last primary school year of Yoseva 14 years old, Kenny 13 years old and Maticha 14 years old in Pikin Slee, a village deep in the tropical rainforest of Suriname. Pikin Slee is located on the Upper-Suriname River and is one of the many villages that were created when enslaved people fled the plantations during Dutch colonial rule and sought a safe place to live, far from the plantations. Kenny, Yoseva and Maticha are small knowledge carriers of culture and nature, knowledge that will soon be lost due to the exodus of villages like Pikin Slee to the city.

  • Year
  • Runtime
    68 minutes
  • Language
    Dutch, Other
  • Country
  • Premiere
    United States Premiere
  • Director
    Mirjam Marks