Let Each One Go Where He May (2009)
Directed by Ben Russell
Genres - Avant-garde / Experimental, Drama | Run Time - 135 min. | Countries - Suriname, United States | MPAA Rating - NR
Synopsis by Mark Deming
Experimental filmmaker Ben Russell presents his first feature-length project with this offbeat documentary. In the 17th century, the South American nation of Suriname was under the control of the Dutch, who colonized the nation and brought in slaves from Africa to help grow and harvest cash crops. Many of the Dutch slave owners were notorious for their cruelty, and a route became favored among the slaves who tried to escape, running from Paramaribo to a Marron village where they would be safe. Benjen Pansa and his brother Monie Pansa trace this path to freedom as Russell and cameraman Chris Fawcett follow. Let Each One Go Where He May is comprised of 13 continuous ten-minute takes shot with a Steadicam as the Pansa Brothers serve as our guides for a trip through Suriname's past and present, while the old trail weaves though villages that seem to have barely been touched by time as well as modern-day businesses and mining operations. Let Each One Go Where He May was an official selection at the 2010 Rotterdam International Film Festival.