Friday, June 19, 2015 - 14:41
Motorcycle club Satudarah documentary debuts in Amsterdam
The motorcycle club documentary Satudarah - One Blood premiered in the Ketelhuis in Amsterdam on Thursday night. Many of the club's members attended the premier in the small, independent theater, NU reports. The documentary was directed by Emmy Award winner Joost van der Valk. He got exclusive access to Satudarah, a motorcycle club that is frequently in the news for alleged criminal activity. The film offers a glimpse behind the scenes of the motorcycle club. The makers are very clear about the different aspects of club life. "Saturdarah is a secret world full of rituals and codes. 'Old fashioned' ideas such as virility, brotherhood, courage and spirituality are of paramount importance there." The film shows how the new generation of leaders converted Satudarah from an unknown Dutch club into an international conglomerate. This development was not without problems and the film shows how the expansion was accompanied by war, betrayal and, ultimately, the club being banned from Germany. The documentary will be broadcast on NTR NPO 2 on Monday, June 22nd. Joost van der Valk made two similar documentaries, in which he also observed subcultures from within: Crips: Strapped n Stron in 2009 and Haagse Sjonnie in 2006.