Tuesday, 24 February 2015 - 09:01
CNN producing Zwarte Piet blackface documentary
Roger Ross Williams, the American documentary filmmaker for CNN, is currently filming a documentary about Zwarte Piet, De Telegraaf reports. Williams calls Zwarte Piet the Netherlands' "dirty little secret". The CNN documentary should come out by the end of this year. On Saturday Williams filmed a meeting of the Kick Out Zwarte Piet group, while the members were discussion about organizing more actions. Williams also wants to talk to Amsterdam Mayor Eberhard van der Laan. According to the filmmaker, there will be major economic consequences for the Netherlands if the world finds out about the Zwarte Piet tradition. "It would have major implications for tourism and the image of a very progressive country will be adjusted."