The President’s Daughter & The Richest Freeborn Lady

In this documentary, Mildred Roethof follows writer and historian Cynthia McLeod on a journey through our colonial past and the history of slavery.

Please note that this film is in Dutch, without subtitles. The screening is followed by a Q&A with director Mildred Roethof (language: Dutch).
Time & Tickets

The leading role in this documentary is played by the gifted and ever-energetic writer Cynthia McLeod (1936). She has given herself one last mission: calling permanent attention to the history of slavery and of the legendary first freeborn woman and first black female millionaire in Suriname, Elisabeth Samson (1715-1771). Women rarely featured in historical works, let alone black women. McLeod disproves the created untruths, myths and stereotypes through in-depth factual research. We get to know her as a strong and candid character with a great sense of humour, who still lives life to the fullest. THE PRESIDENT’S DAUGHTER & THE RICHEST FREEBORN LADY is a film about two razor-sharp women, providing insights that cast a surprising light on the Dutch 'sorry'. (source: Nederlands Film Festival)

Mildred Roethof, Netherlands, 2023, 84 min. Dutch spoken, without subtitles.