Santa's Slave: A Colonial Hangover

Santa's Slave: A Colonial Hangover

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Every Christmas in the Netherlands, the same debate rages over Black Pete, Santa's black-faced assistant who is played by a blacked-up white person. The character is reminiscent of racist colonial caricatures of black people, like the infamous 'golliwog'. The debate reveals a society at odds over how to deal with racism, and unable to confront its colonial legacies.
Starring Verena Vos, Bas Vreugde, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Director Sunny Bergman