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The Cost of Sugar in London

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. On Tuesday 15 November: The Cost of Sugar, based on the book by Cynthia Mc Leod.

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.

Michiel van Kempen. Foto © Bob Bronshoff

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


Kim Wassens met Johan Fretz

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