Wan Pipel

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Wan Pipel
Directed by Pim de la Parra
Produced by Wim Verstappen
Written by Rudi Kross
Lou Lichtveld
Starring Borger Breeveld
Diana Gangaram Panday
Willeke van Ammelrooy
Music by Hugo van Ams
Cinematography Marc Felperlaan
Edited by Jutta Brandstaedter
Distributed by Scorpio Films
Release date
  • 19 August 1976 (1976-08-19)
Running time
111 minutes
Country Suriname
Language Dutch

Wan Pipel is a 1976 Surinamese/Dutch drama film directed by Pim de la Parra. The screenplay was written by Rudi Kross and Lou Lichtveld. The leading roles are played by Borger Breeveld, Diana Gangaram Panday and Willeke van Ammelrooy.

The film, produced by Wim Verstappen, was the first Surinamese film after independence. The budget was far exceeded and the expected visitor numbers were far from being achieved. The argument that as a result, between 'Pim and Wim' was meant the end for "Scorpio Films".[1]


Roy is a handsome black Surinam man who studies in the Netherlands. He is recalled by telegram to Suriname because his mother is dying. His Dutch girlfriend Karina (Willeke van Ammelrooy) lends him money for a plane ticket. Back in his homeland, Roy soon becomes obsessed with his own country and its culture. When he falls for the Hindu nurse Rubia, the conservative Hindu and Black communities are in revolt. Roy will not return to the Netherlands to finish his studies, even if Karina comes to pick him up. His duty is in Suriname, he says.


  • Borger Breeveld - Roy
  • Diana Gangaram Panday - Rubia
  • Willeke van Ammelrooy - Karina
  • Emanuel van Gonter - Roy's father
  • Ro Jackson-Breeveld - Roy's mother
  • Sieuwpal Soekhlall - Rubia's father
  • Joyce Mungroo-Ooft - Henna
  • Ruud Mungroo - Norman
  • Grace Calor-Ooft - Carla
  • Otto Sterman - Mr. Frenkel


  1. ^ "Vertoning filmklassieker ‘Wan Pipel’ in A’dam" (in Dutch). Waterkant.net. 11 May 2015. 

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