The slavery past is nothing that plays a major role in the Netherlands. Keti Koti was celebrated every year on 1 July, and the Nederlandsche Bank made an apology for slavery during that holiday this year. Now comes a series on that subject, through the eyes of a 14-year-old enslaved teenager: Kofi’s Toric.
The series of EO is already in the making, in Suriname. It is a youth series, which can be seen from November 10 on Zapp.nl and the YouTube channel of NPO Zapp. A preview of the series can be seen in mid-October at the Cinekid festival in Amsterdam, the broadcaster announced today.
EO makes series about slavery past: Kofi’s Tori
In Kofi’s Toric Kofi, a 14-year-old enslaved teenager, shares his story vlogging. He talks about life on the plantation, his boss, about being enslaved in love, his past and finally his attempt to escape.
Kofi, the lead role in the online youth series, is played by Daniël Kolf. You can know him from for example The Libic. In 2015 he moved to the Netherlands, from Suriname. “The series tells an important piece of history, the slavery past,” says Kolf. “Because we share the story vlogging and via socials, it will soon be visible to a new generation. The future must know its past so that it will not repeat itself.”
Other actors in the series are Keisha Doest, as the girl Kofi falls in love with, and Roeland Fernhout as the plantation owner. Kofi’s Tori is produced by Stepping Stone Productions. The series is by Robbert Doelwijt Jr. and is written by Sergej Groenhart and Shirley Gast.
‘Cabinet must make an apology’
Parties such as De Nederlandsche Bank, the Province of Noord-Holland and Femke Halsema have already apologized for the slavery past, the cabinet has never done so. According to the National Coordinator against Discrimination and Racism, it is time for that to happen. The organization therefore urged the cabinet to work on formal apologies.
Prime Minister Mark Rutte previously said he expected to take “the next step” in this process. In his Speech from the Throne, King Willem-Alexander also hinted at an apology in July 2023, when the Netherlands celebrates 150 years of the abolition of slavery. Slavery was formally abolished in the Netherlands in 1863. But many enslaved continued to work for another ten years on the plantations under the “special supervision” of the Dutch state. It was not until 1873, ten years later, that all the enslaved were free.
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