Voor altijd (Forever) is a short documentary about descendants of people of Dutch former colonies. It was released two days ago. In this documentary there are one Indisch/Indo, one Indonesian, one Moluccan and one Javanese from Suriname. To understand it better, here is a brief information about the history background of all four persons who are in Voor Altijd.
The Indisch or Indo people are Eurasians originally from The Dutch East Indies (now Indonesia). There are approximately one and a half million Indo/Indisch people living in The Netherlands. Read more about who and what is an Indo/Indisch.
In the sixties and seventies a number of Indonesians fleed their country due to political climate and settled here. The parents of the Indonesian woman in this short film moved to The Netherlands temporarily but they stayed with as result, she grew up and lives here now.
These string of islands known as The Moluccas (Bahasa Indonesia Maluku, Dutch Molukken) boasts an abundance of spices. Dutches, Spanish, Portuguese and British were there to exploit the spice trade. Dutch occupied The Moluccas the longest. When Indonesia became a republic from The Netherlands, The Moluccans wanted to gain their independence but it was not possible. So Dutch government offered the Moluccans to temporarily move to The Netherlands. From there and a couple of years later the Moluccans would be able to set their own country. However this failed, sadly. There is an official government of RMS (Republik Maluku Selatan, Republic of the South Moluccas ) in exile in The Netherlands but there is no land. The Moluccan in this documentary is the second/third generation of The Moluccans in The Netherlands.
The Javanese Suriname
In August 1890 almost 33.000 Javanese were shipped from Java to Paramaribo, Suriname. They worked as slave in the sugar cane plantation. Some returned to their homeland but the rest stayed there. Suriname was Dutch colony until its independence in 1975. Since then many Suriname moved to The Netherlands. As did the parents of the Javanese Suriname in this documentary.
This documentary is interesting because it shows in short the common customs between these four persons with yet subtle cultural differences. My husband is an Indo, I recognize much of it here. I hope you find this interesting as well.