The Resource Tropical Amsterdam, by Alexa Oona Schulz

Tropical Amsterdam, by Alexa Oona Schulz

Label
Tropical Amsterdam
Title
Tropical Amsterdam
Statement of responsibility
by Alexa Oona Schulz
Contributor
Director
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
The Dutch Burgher community occupy a unique place in modern Sri Lanka. Once a privileged class, their exalted status vanished on independence. Despite this, a small group stayed. Their story is a fascinating insight into the wicked and glamorous world of colonialism and its legacy. The Dutch Burghers were descendants of traders and settlers who colonized the island in the 17th century. It used to be natural for English-speaking members of the community to hold the most highly esteemed positions in the country. However, in February 1948 Sri Lanka achieved independence, Sinhala became the official language, and the Burghers lost their status virtually overnight. Many emigrated, but a small remnant stayed. 'A different sort of immigrant with a different perspective.' As this warm, poignant documentary explores, they still inhabit an uncertain hinterland between colonizer and colonized. Deloraine Brohier harks back to a more innocent time of flowing ball gowns and first-class train travel. Poet and writer Jean Arasanayagam laments the 'brutal' things the colonizers did. The Burghers were discriminated against by the British, barred from 'whites only', golf clubs and swimming clubs. Yet they were also discriminators themselves, with their own hierarchies based on complexion and marriage. We catch rare, often humorous glimpses of the daily life of this aging, contradictory community as they grapple with questions of identity. What does it mean to be a Burgher? What is their cultural legacy? As they prepare for their traditional Christmas celebrations, these complex, thorny issues come to the fore
Cataloging source
VaAlASP
Characteristic
videorecording
Language note
  • In English
  • Original language in English
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Schulz, Alexa Oona
Runtime
52
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  • Other Regions
  • Colonization
  • Colonial life
  • Imperialism
  • Settlements
  • Colonial populations
  • Sri Lanka
Target audience
adult
Label
Tropical Amsterdam, by Alexa Oona Schulz
Instantiates
Publication
Note
Title from resource description page (viewed March 29, 2016)
Carrier category
  • other
  • online resource
Carrier category code
  • vz
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
  • rdacarrier
  • rdacarrier
Content category
two-dimensional moving image
Content type code
tdi
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
  • unknown
  • other
Extent
1 online resource (52 minutes)
Form of item
online
Media category
  • video
  • computer
Media MARC source
  • rdamedia
  • rdamedia
Media type code
  • v
  • c
Reformatting quality
access
Sound on medium or separate
sound on medium
Specific material designation
  • remote
  • other
System control number
  • (VaAlASP)2442982
  • (OCoLC)890603771
  • (VaAlASP)ASP2442982/marc
  • (EXLCZ)994340000000132405
Video recording format
other
Label
Tropical Amsterdam, by Alexa Oona Schulz
Publication
Note
Title from resource description page (viewed March 29, 2016)
Carrier category
  • other
  • online resource
Carrier category code
  • vz
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
  • rdacarrier
  • rdacarrier
Content category
two-dimensional moving image
Content type code
tdi
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
  • unknown
  • other
Extent
1 online resource (52 minutes)
Form of item
online
Media category
  • video
  • computer
Media MARC source
  • rdamedia
  • rdamedia
Media type code
  • v
  • c
Reformatting quality
access
Sound on medium or separate
sound on medium
Specific material designation
  • remote
  • other
System control number
  • (VaAlASP)2442982
  • (OCoLC)890603771
  • (VaAlASP)ASP2442982/marc
  • (EXLCZ)994340000000132405
Video recording format
other

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