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Stones Have Laws (2018)

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Combining African knowledge with indigenous skills, Suriname's Maroons developed a way of life in which non-human persons such as stones an rivers co-govern. Village elders but also young men and women explicate how they live with the forest. They demonstrate the procedures to consult ancestors, gods and forest spirits. But the film also tells another tale, one of ongoing exploitation and struggle. In the time slavery, the Maroons battled fiercely against the Dutch colonial rule. In current days, their offspring is confronted with multinational firms who capitalize on the natural resources on their ancestral grounds.

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Critic Reviews for Stones Have Laws

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (3)

A serious exploration into the nature of reparation and how the west look at and learn about cultures born out of colonialist aggression.

August 8, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

It renders truth and history into a vernacular at once free and formalised, jubilant and ironic.

August 7, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

It is a rarefied work intended for a specialised audience - but on those terms Stones Have Laws is highly compelling.

August 7, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
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Stones Have Laws is a painstakingly reverent picture of a Maroon community in Suriname.

August 13, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

It's languid, immersive and hypnotic.

August 11, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Through collective authoring and by blending the telling of traditional stories into more typically observational ethnographic documentary practices, Stones Have Laws feels like a genuine attempt to honour the Maroon way of passing knowledge.

August 8, 2019 | Full Review…

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