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Director Alexandra Jansse who lived part of her youth in the Dutch West-Indies brings the value of this UNESCO World Heritage site to life.

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FACES OF A CITY - WILLEMSTAD, CURACAO is homage to Willemstad’s multiculturalism and unique urban architecture.

This history of Willemstad, Curacao, on island just of the coast of Venezuela, reads like a storybook: centuries of colonial domination, looting and slavery, Dutch mercantile spirit and the development of trade. The mixture of cultures from all corners of the globe have made it a fascinating melting pot.

Willemstad's origin and colonial heritage is reflected in colorful buildings and the lay-out of the inner city's four historic districts. The array of styles and periods in which the buildings came about, make Curacao's architecture a unique mirror of life in the tropics!

However, the city suffered badly from a public revolt in 1969, aggravated by the rigors of climate, sea salt, sun and wind. Historic Willemstad has gone a long way to earn the UNESCO hallmark. But rightly so; the determination and resourcefulness of a number of organizations and people brought the rapid dilapidation to a halt.

Architects, developers and art historians vividly explain how Curacao's history has been marked by a restoration practice ranging from the mere rescue of monuments in the early days to professional conservation management today.

This film not only provides insight into the elegance and evolution of the island's historical architecture. It also highlights the modern architecture which adds to Willemstad's special appeal.

A wonderful source of inspiration for visitors, students & professionals alike; featuring unique archival footage, aerials and vibrant Caribbean music.
(52 min.)

Director: Alexandra Jansse
Script: Alexandra Jansse / Kees van Langeraad
Camera: Bert Oosterveld / Peter Franken
Sound: Ralph Durgaram
Produktion Curaçao: Roland Colastica
Editor: Elli Safari
Producer Alexandra Jansse Xela Films

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Xela Films is a production company that specializes in feature documentaries and compelling media initiatives. We understand documentary, from development to postproduction and work with an extensive local & international network of film professionals…


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Xela Films is a production company that specializes in feature documentaries and compelling media initiatives. We understand documentary, from development to postproduction and work with an extensive local & international network of film professionals and broadcasters.

Xela Films likes to drive AWARENESS exploring traditional and new forms of visual storytelling, creating cutting edge contemporary stories with a strong narrative.  Films that allow the public to emotionally connect with the subject matter and and offer new perspectives on our existence.

Our aim is to unite and benefit public, private, academic and non-profit sectors, as well as their communities and the environment.
 Xela Films success so far is testament to the public appetite for films with something important to say, and we look forward to continuing our work.
 We always need partners to help us achieve our goals – if you are interested in being one of them, we’d really, like to hear from you.

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