Curaçaoan-Dutch Felix de Rooy (1952), he grew up in Curaçao, Suriname and Mexico, moved to the Netherlands in 1969 to study at the Free Academy (Psychopolis) in The Hague, a study he continued in New York. In the decades that followed, he developed into a leading visual artist and film director.
De Rooy has always been very conscious of his Afro-Caribbean heritage, so it is not surprising that the history of slavery and the relationship between black and white have played a major role in his work, themes he linked to his ideas on (queer) sexuality and spirituality. All this led to a magnificent and frequently awarded oeuvre. Eye Filmmuseum recently presented a retrospective of his films, entitled FELIX DE ROOY - The Museum of My Mind, while the Stedelijk Museum is currently presenting Apocalypse (till September 3), with a survey of his visual art.
De Rooy is no stranger to World Cinema Amsterdam: in 2015, he was part of the WCA jury, all the more reason to honour him during the 13th edition of festival. Not with the screening of his own work, but with four films chosen by him that have inspired and touched him himself.
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