SYNOPSIS: Badalgama, Sri Lanka: Herman Steur is the founder and proprietor of the Netherlands Welkom Dorp, a full-size replica Dutch village built in the middle of the Sri Lankan jungle. The village houses roughly 200 elderly Sri Lankans who would be homeless without Mr Steur's help. The elderly residents repay Mr Steur's charity with adoration and, in some cases, worship.
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"Empire" traces the unintended consequences of Dutch colonialism across 6 continents. Official selection NYFF 2013, SXSW 2014, IDFA DocLab 2014
Directed, shot and edited by Kel O'Neill and Eline Jongsma (jongsmaoneill.com/)