Wan Pipel (One People) is a 1976 Surinamese/Dutch drama film directed by Pim de la Parra. Situated in the 1975 Independence of Suriname, Wan Pipel is a classic postcolonial film about a student who returns from Holland to his home country of Surinam and rediscovers it.
The film, produced by Wim Verstappen, was the first Surinamese film after independence. The budget was far exceeded and the expected visitor numbers were far from being achieved. The argument that as a result, between ‘Pim and Wim’ was meant the end for “Scorpio Films”.
Pim de la Parra is a Surinamese-Dutch film maker.
Born in 1940 in Paramaribo, Suriname, Pim de la Parra attended the Dutch Film Academy in Amsterdam.
Between 1967 and 1976, he directed films under the independent production company Scorpio Films with Dutch film director Wim Verstappen, who manages all of its achievements. His Wan Pipel, set in Suriname, was his first feature film. In 1991, De la Parra was given the Special Jury Award of the Utrecht Film Festival for his entire oeuvre. In 1996, he returned to Paramaribo and in 2005 he established the Suriname Film Academy. In 2008, he received the Golden Calf Award, given by the Dutch Film Festival.